President Muhammadu Buhari will inaugurate the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre in Lagos on January 21, 2020.
The centre is aimed to improve oil recovery methods in the nation’s energy industry for the purpose of achieving maximum production at the lowest possible cost.
The Department of Petroleum Resources announced this on Monday.
According to the Director of DPR, Sarki Auwalu, the centre will afford the oil and gas industry the critical elements for competitive advantage, in a changing global energy landscape.
“The integrated centre will also entrench Nigeria’s status as a regional leader and position the nation for significant global impact in the provision of value-added services and breakthrough solutions for the industry in years and decades to come,” Auwalu said.
He noted that the centre was structured to drive safety, value and cost efficiency for the industry.
He said the NOGEC complex was structured to house various flagship centres, which included Search, Rescue and Surveillance; Command and Control Centre and National improved Oil Recovery Centre; Oil and Gas Dispute Resolution Centre; Oil and Gas Competence Development Centre and Integrated Data Mining and Analytics Centre.
“SeRAS is an industry-wide programme established to enhance safety management, emergency preparedness and response, as well as bed space management and logistics services across the industry.
“The SeRAS Command and Control Centre, established at the NOGEC Centre, Lagos, will entrench safe practices, drive cost reduction and improve operational efficiency across the industry.
“Two other Rescue Coordination Centres will be set up at Osubi and Brass, in the first instance, for effective coverage of all areas of operations,” Auwalu explained.
The DPR director further stated that the NIORC was established to formulate and implement strategies for improved and enhanced oil recovery methods in the industry for the purpose of achieving maximum production at the lowest possible cost.
“The centre will partner operators and technology innovators, in their research and development efforts, for achieving its objectives. It will also collaborate with similar international oil and gas regulators in sharing lessons learnt and operational best practices.
“NIORC will focus on the implementation of a robust national IOR framework to enable the country optimise its resources, as well as create greater opportunities for operators,” he added.