Headlines Nigeria needs 45 rigs to produce 2.1mbpd oil production by 2025 By maritimemag November 8, 2023 ShareTweet 0 By Abiodun OBA Nigeria is said to need 45 rigs to produce 2.1mbpd oil production by 2025 as the number of rigs as at today is 21, 22. The Chairman AA Holdings, Dr. Austin Avuru, made this known at the 41st Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) yearly international Conference and Exhibitions (AICE) Pre-conference, yesterday, themed: ‘Unlocking Nigeria’s remaining energy potential to fuel economic growth and diversification: opportunities and challenges.” Avuru emphasised Nigeria would, therefore, need about $7.6 billion to restore oil production to 2.1m/bpd by 2025 from the current 1.3m/bpd as of September. The Chairman explained that the sum would help in drilling about 426 wells with about 45 rigs on duty to rejuvenate oil production in the country, which can help achieve an output of 2.1million barrels per day by the year 2025. Avuru emphasised the importance of this investment in bolstering the country’s economy and strengthening its position in the global oil market. The AA Holdings boss advised “At the end of 2025, we should go back to our 2.1million bpd and we need to drill 426 wells where costs alone cost about $7.6 billion, you will need 45 rigs as the number of rigs as at today is 21, 22. “With all that we have achieved in local content, does this country have the execution capacity? If we have the money, how quickly can we mobilise an additional 23 rigs to start working,” he said. Avuru further stressed that in a significant turn of events in Nigeria’s energy evolution in the most drastic case, the proportion of hydrocarbons in the energy mix decreased drastically from 82 per cent to approximately 20 per cent while in a more likely and probable scenario, hydrocarbons might have constituted around 40 per cent of the energy mix, with renewables increasing from zero to about 60 per cent by 2060. He added that regarding consumption, in extreme scenarios, the consumption could plummet from the current 103 million barrels per day to as little as 30 million barrels a day by 2050 while in a more likely scenario, the demand might decrease from the current levels to approximately 55 million barrels a day. Avuru stated that due to a rapid decline in existing production, a substantial influx of new upstream investment is required to maintain the balance between supply and demand. “There is combination of reduced investments in the sector as both banks and normal funding sources are now reluctant to put in funds into oil and gas industry and unfortunately, even when global reforms that are put into renewables in terms of equivalent energy, the renewables are not delivering the quantum of energy that the reduction in fossil fuel is taken out of the mix, so we are going to see a tightening,” Avuru said. He mentioned the importance of maximizing gas production, excluding LNG, to reach its peak. He said this effort could potentially result in a supply of three to four billion cubic feet (BCF) to the domestic market. He emphasised the significance of funding diversification and domestic growth in the country by 2050. He also projected that by 2030; Nigeria should achieve an output of three million bpd. Also, on his part, General Manager, Gas Business, Seplat Energy PLC, James Makinde on the sub-theme: ‘Efficient building, Utilisation and Commercialisation of Gas Infrastructures in Nigeria-Short- and Long-Term Benefits,’ said if the country continues on the current approach, there will be a deficit of 3.1Bcf per day in gas supply to the market by 2030, spanning a 70-year period. He stated that Nigeria’s primary reforms to tackle challenges in the gas sector are cantered on the Decade of Gas initiative. Makinde added that securing the Decade of Gas initiative would necessitate three priority interventions: ensuring attractive returns for investors, facilitating investments through supporting essential infrastructure, and enhancing investor confidence. He revealed that two to three projects have the potential to supply an additional 0.3 billion cubic feet per day (BCF/D) to the domestic power sector by 2026. “According to the OPTS/IPPG study report, the initial 10 projects identified for the Decade of Gas initiative would yield substantial benefits for Nigeria, including $14 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), $12 billion in Federal Government of Nigeria revenue from gas royalties and taxes, and the creation of two million new jobs across the gas value chain,” he said. He stated that investing in gas infrastructure development would offer energy that is both more affordable and reliable. “The government alone cannot accomplish the task as it necessitates involvement from the private sector,” he said. However, he charged the government to establish a conducive environment that entices reliable private sector engagement. Furthermore, offering incentives to boost investments in the sector, implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and clear up confusion among regulators. © 2023, maritimemag. All rights reserved.