The Department of Petroleum Resources ( DPR) says that the bid round
process is still underway for its 57 marginal oilfields in the country.
On Friday in Lagos, Mr Paul Osu, Head of Public Affairs, DPR,
told Nigeria’s News Agency that the bidding process had not been completed.
“The 2020 marginal oilfield bid round process is still ongoing in line with our published timelines on DPR website and bid portal.
“Over 600 companies have applied to be prequalified for the bid rounds which began on June 1. However, the DPR had put measures in place to ensure that the awardees would be credible investors with technical and financial capability.
“The objective of the 2020 marginal field bid round was to deepen the participation of indigenous companies in the upstream segment of the industry and provide opportunities for technical and financial partnerships for investors.”
According to Osu, the last time the country conducted marginal field bid rounds was in 2003 “with 16 of the fields now contributing two per cent to the national oil and gas reserves while bringing development to their host communities in the Niger Delta.”
NAN estimates that any field with reserves booked and reported annually to the DPR
is a marginal field and has been unproductive for a period of over 10 years.