May 21, 2015
Anticipating Nigerian Oil Sands Development – An Emerging Resource Governance Challenge

A key emerging resource expected to drive regional development in southern Nigeria is the 140 kilometre oil sands, or bitumen, belt that stretches across Edo, Ondo, Ogun, and Lagos states. Estimated by the Nigerian Ministry of Solid Minerals Development to contain 32-47 billion barrels of oil, Nigeria’s reserves of bitumen are the largest in all…

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July 23, 2014
FG MDAs meet to discuss ways of Improving Data and Information Management in the Oil and Gas Sector

The Technical Services department of the Federal Ministry of Finance on Thursday, July 17, 2014 held a one- day stakeholders’ meeting on Data and Information Management in the Oil and Gas Sector in Nigeria. The event held at Ibeto Hotel, Abuja and was well attended by the major stakeholders in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas sector….

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April 23, 2013
Oil Industry Infrastructure

    Substantial investments in oil industry infrastructure began with the discovery of oil in commercial quantities. Following decades of exploration by Shell D‘Arcy and its discovery of commercial quantities of oil, there was suddenly a change in dynamics     The first export terminal was commissioned at Bonny in 1961. Several other terminals followed,…

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April 15, 2013
Petroleum Industry Bill At A Glance

The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has been thrown around recently in political discourse like a hot potato – everybody has something to say about it but no one wants to claim it in its entirety. Newspapers keep churning out numerous articles about the PIB and the variety of impacts it will have once passed into…

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April 15, 2013
Oil Producing States

On the Atlantic coast of Nigeria where the Niger River divides into numerous tributaries and along the coast from Benin River on the west to the Imo River on the east lies the oil rich Niger Delta. Home to some 30 million people from the Ijaws, Edos, Urhobos, Itsekiris, Yorubas, Igbos, Efiks and Kalabaris, the…

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April 12, 2013
Tracing the History of a Crude Oil Nation

In the depths of the delta region on a destined June in 1956, the oil explorer Shell-BP hit “black gold” as sweet crude oil was unearthed in Oloibiri community, present day Bayelsa State. This was four years before Nigeria’s independence and the colonial government of the day naturally claimed any oil and mineral found within…

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April 11, 2013
From Crude Oil to Revenue

During the fuel subsidy removal protest of January 2012, amazing and conflicting revenue figures were pulled out from the records of various agencies which at some point became too intriguing for the average Nigerian to make sense of.  There was a general consensus though that something was not right and everyone quickly jumped on the…

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