Development of petroleum basin: NUPRC announces the Nigeria mini bid round 2022

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Chief Executive NUPRC Engr Gbenga Komolafe

The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has announced the Mini Bid Round 2022.

According to the Commission’s Chief Executive, Engr Gbenga Komolafe, “the Mini Bid Round is an opportunity to spur new exploration and drilling activities in the prospective deep waters offshore Nigeria.”

He said the Mini Bid Round was the first in a series of bid rounds, aimed at further development of this prospective petroleum basin, which would be held in accordance with the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 (PIA), “with its enhanced legal and regulatory frameworks that seek to encourage new investors and investments into the next phase of exploration in this region.”

Komolafe said the Mini Bid Round would be managed by the NUPRC, in line with the provisions of the PIA, as the statutory body responsible for ensuring compliance with petroleum laws, regulations, and guidelines in the Nigerian upstream petroleum industry.

He stated that the National Data Repository (NDR) of NUPRC and the multi-client partners were delighted and ready to support the Mini Bid Round underpinned by high-quality datasets.

Komolafe added that the blocks had extensive 2D and 3D seismic data coverage, including multi-beam and analog data.

“Additionally, a remarkable quality- 3D MegaSurveyPlus reprocessed Pre-stack Time Migration (completed October 2022), with angle stacks and gathers- is also available to prospective bidders. Links to all data can be accessed via the dedicated NUPRC portal,” he stated.

He said the Mini Bid Round was a market-driven programme and would follow a transparent and competitive procurement process designed to attract competent third-party investors from across the world that had the capability and proficiency in operating in deep-water environment.

“Historically, this Mini Bid Round intends to build on the successes of the last bid round that held in April 2007 during which a total of forty-five (45) blocks, drawn from the inland Basins of Anambra, Benue and Chad; the Niger Delta Continental Shelf; Onshore Niger Delta and Deep Offshore were put on offer. The 2007 bid round was held under a different regulatory regime (the Petroleum Act, 1969) and generated massive interest and participation with its attended revenue which made the exercise a success.

“In this year Mini Bid Round, seven (7) Offshore blocks covering an area of approximately 6,700 km2 in water depths of 1,150m to 3,100m is put on offer,” Komolafe said.

He further stated that the success of the Mini Bid Round would ensure all stakeholders gain value from the country’s resources, while
“a dedicated programme portal (br.nuprc.gov.ng) for the Mini Bid Round has been published by NUPRC, which provides details of the bid round process, including the registration and prequalification requirements, and detailed guidelines for applicants.

“A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 16th Jan 2023, to provide potential applicants with an opportunity to ask questions they may have concerning the Mini Bid Round process and requirements, after which interested companies will be invited to submit their pre-qualification applications by 31st Jan 2023.

“NUPRC will continue to provide further details and roadmap for this international competitive Mini Bid Round in due course.

“It is a great privilege to announce the Mini Bid Round 2022 and we look forward to the success of the upcoming events and activities,” Komolafe said.

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