The Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) has announced that it has started the process that will eventually lead to the exploration of oil in Sokoto.

Vanguard reports that this was revealedby Maikanti Kachalla Baro who is the group managing director of the NNPC when he received the governor of Sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who paid a working visit to the NNPC Towersin Abuja.

He said:“We have been on the issue of exploration in the frontier basins and sofar some measures of stpes have been taken. We have already purchased aeromagnetic data and its being intepreted to determine the sedimentarythickness and the basin configuration.“Secondly, we have awarded a contract for the geological mapping of the basin and I am happy to state here that outcop samples have been collected, mapped, analysed and geological modeling executed so as to ensure dataintegration.

Baro said that discussions are ongoing with Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL) to award contract for surface geochemistry, ground gravity and magnetics as this was necessary to determine if hydrocarbon was generated in the basins and importantly, to integrate all date for understanding of petroleum systems of the basins.

He said NNPC will also carry out high resolution regional 2D seismic data acquisition to identify leads and prospects, after which a 3D seismic data acquisition will be carried out over leads and prospects.

“After all these are carried out, we will then begin to drill for oil and gas in the basin.”

Governor Tambuwal said his government in collaboration with the Usman Danfodio University, will organise a national conference on the Sokoto Basin where international scholars will make presentations on thetopic.

“We are inviting you and the NNPC to take part in this important conference because we believe it will add value in our search for hydrocarbon in the Sokoto Basin.”

Meanwhile, one of the nine counts of$1.6bn crude oil fraud instituted againstbusinessman, Jide Omokore, and five otherswas struck out by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

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