Group tasks FG on crude oil dis­cov­ery in Niger

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Rakiya A.Muham­mad,Sokoto

Petroleum Re­search Group of Us­manu Dan­fodiyo Univer­sity Sokoto yes­ter­day urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to build on the find­ings on crude oil dis­cov­ery in Bida, Niger state, to­wards gen­er­at­ing re­li­able data ca­pa­ble of at­tract­ing in­vest­ments in the Bida basin.

The team had con­ducted a re­search on a dark oily liq­uid that is emit­ted from the ground at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around Da­ban Com­mu­nity of Lavun Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Niger State.

Speak­ing on the re­search work, a mem­ber of the team, Prof. Umar Zaki Faruk, said: “It was dis­cov­ered that the ma­te­rial con­forms with the biomarker char­ac­ter­is­tics of crude oil gen­er­ated from ma­tured source rock.”

He said sur­vey re­vealed that the dark liq­uid oozes from the ground and flows into river Madeko in the out­skirt of the Da­ban com­mu­nity and that it could not be at­trib­uted to any pos­si­ble ar­ti­fi­cial source.

“It was found that the seep­age pre­dates the set­tle­ment thus, the com­mu­nity’s an­ces­tral his­tory and superstitions are in­ter­twined with it. Con­se­quently, soil and wa­ter that were vis­i­bly con­tam­i­nated with the dark liq­uid were care­fully scooped and trans­ported to our lab­o­ra­tory for anal­y­sis.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, the re­sult of the work con­cluded un­equiv­o­cally, that the ma­te­rial was crude oil gen­er­ated from ma­tured oil prone kero­gen.

He how­ever said:”The data was not enough to de­ter­mine whether the seep­age was in the course of pri­mary, sec­ondary or ter­tiary mi­gra­tion but a con­fi­dence booster for in­vestors in the up­stream petroleum industry.

“In Nige­ria, most of the oil ex­plo­rations were in the coastal ar­eas and off­shore where suc­cess­ful oil fields were dis­cov­ered while the ex­plo­ration of the in­land-basins re­mains scanty pos­si­bly be­cause of the high financial risk in­volved,” he stated.

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