Nigeria to Host International Flare Reduction Convergence Meeting

By Ikenga Chronicles October 6, 2016

Nigeria to Host International Flare Reduction Convergence Meeting

As part of efforts to work on a reduction in gas flaring in the country, the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria has approved the hosting of the International Flare Reduction Convergence Meeting in Nigeria between November 30th, to 1st December, 2016. This information was made available by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, while speaking to newsmen in Abuja. According to him,

“We will use that as a chance to role out efforts by the ministry to address the flare. You are aware Nigeria is next to Russia in terms of the highest flaring nation.Even though we have progressed positively to reduce 70 per cent ‎of the flare, the 30 per cent we still flare is about 10 per cent of the world’s flare. So, this is a huge amount of gas.”

Nigeria, who is a signatory to the 2030 World Bank/UN led efforts to eliminate flaring completely by 2030 is currently doing a lot to reduce gas flaring, by coming up with policies to mitigate this.

The Federal Executive Council also approved the resuscitation of the National Council‎ on the Hydrocarbon which is an ombudsman that meets once a year in extraordinary times to review policies in the oil and gas sector of the nation’s economy.

“It should be a gathering of ‎people from business, oil sector, oil communities and ministries that are directly or indirectly affected by the policies we role out in the ministry. The council had been in existence but in the last couple of years, disappeared into oblivion and today the council approved for us to resuscitate it.”
he stated.