NNPC pledges support for legislation against gas flaring

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, in a statement by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Divisionon Sunday pledged to support any legislative process to end Gas flaring. He said this during a one-day public hearing on Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill 2017, at the National Assembly.

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had said that it put in place measures and facilities to curb gas flaring preparatory to the 2020 flare deadline.

The Senate President Bukola Saraki, represented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Sen. Bala Nallah, while declaring open the public hearing said the issue of gas flaring was a national embarrassment. He added that the 8th Senate was committed to enacting the legislation that would end gas flaring in the country.

The bill will address the inadequacies of the Associated Gas Re-Injection Act of 1979, provide stiffer penalties in line with current economic realities, and ensure the achievement of the National Flares-out Target of January 1, 2030.