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IOCs to invest $20b in Nigeria – FG

MINISTER OF STATE FOR OIL HEINEKEN LOKPOBIRI

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, on Monday, announced that about $16.6bn investments had been committed to Nigeria’s oil and gas sector in the past one year.

He spoke in Abuja while providing updates on achievements in the oil sector since President Bola Tinubu assumed office on May 29, 2023.

Also, during an earlier meeting with the Chief Executive Officer, Schlumberger Limited, Olivier Le Peuch, Lokpobiri revealed that the Federal Government would soon seal a $20bn deal to boost oil and gas production in Nigeria.

Speaking on what was being done to attract investments, the minister said, “One of our main objective has been to create an environment where investments can thrive. For over a decade, the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Act and inconsistent policies had driven investments away.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that our efforts have rekindled investor confidence in the sector. Notable examples include investments committed to the tune of $5bn and $10bn in deepwater offshore assets; and $1.6bn investment commitment in oil and gas asset acquisition.

The very high global interest is noted in the ongoing bid round of assets coming online, arising from the recent roadshow activities in the United States and Europe.”

Lokpobiri also pointed out that Nigeria witnessed increased crude oil production since Tinubu assumed office.

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