The Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) will begin drilling of the first oil well in Obi/Keana, Nasarawa State on March 21, 2023.
The NNPCL Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, made the disclosure when he led the management of the company on a courtesy visit to Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, in Lafia, the state capital on Thursday.
Kyari said the NNPCL has begun exploration activities in Nasarawa State in 2010 and has technically found a petroleum environment in the state.
“We have seen a great potential for finding hydrocarbon in Nasarawa State and to confirm this, we are going to start drilling on March 21.
“We are very optimistic that it would be a successful exercise. It will not end there, once you find oil, you do further works to develop it not just for the benefit of the community around it but for Nasarawa State and the Country,” he said.
Kyari stated that the exploration would not be limited to the current Obi/Keana location.
“Once we test this prospect, it opens new roads and we have seen other great prospects across many parts of the State. This will herald history and bring value to all of us,” the NNPCL boss added.
Kyari, however, thanked the government and people of Nasarawa State for the cooperation and support so far and called for its sustenance.