DPR inaugurates industry awards for improved oil recovery

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it will inaugurate an annual awards for companies, projects or individuals that add value to the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

A statement issued on Monday in Lagos by Mr Paul Osu, Head, Public Affairs, DPR, said Mr Sarki Auwalu, the agency Director, made the announcement on Monday during a workshop with industry partners.

The statement said the industry partners at the meeting included exploration and production companies, service companies as well as oil and gas professional bodies.

Auwalu said the Improved Oil Recovery (IOR)/Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) awards were part of deliberate engagements with industry partners by the regulatory agency to achieve Maximum Economic Recovery (MER) strategies for Nigeria.

He noted that the objective of the MER was to maximise the expected net value of economically recoverable petroleum from Nigeria’s acreages.

Auwalu said the Federal Government, through the MER strategies, was targeting to increase the nation’s oil reserves from 36.91 billion barrels to 50 billion barrels in the short to midterm.

He said the government was also targeting increasing Nigeria’s proven gas reserves from 206.53TCF to 250TCF.

According to him, companies, individuals, fields, research institutions and technologies are eligible for the IOR/EOR awards.

Auwalu said: “The criteria for the awards include the implementation of new technology or established technology applied in a new way and smarter work methods and processes.


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