LAGOS – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday declared that strategic partnership and new investments with China in the upstream petroleum sector are essential for it to actualise the nation’s crude oil reserves and 3m barrels per day oil production target by 2023.
Mallam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), disclosed this when the Executive Vice President of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), Mr. Lu Yan Ji, paid him a business visit at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
He emphasised the need to improve the nation’s revenue profile through new investments in the Petroleum Sector.
He commended CNOOC for its plan to expand its investment in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry and assured it of the corporation’s support.
“To have investment of $16bn in Nigeria is clearly an indication of your confidence in us. We have a target to grow production to 3m barrels per day by 2023, to do that, we need partners like you. You can count on us because we have common interest”, the GMD stated.
Speaking, the CNOOC Vice President, Mr. Lu Yan Ji, said Nigeria was one of his company’s largest investment destinations with investment outlay standing at about $16bn.
He solicited NNPC’s support in securing the investments, adding that there was need for both National Oil Corporations to work closely together.
He disclosed that CNOOC currently produces 800,000bpd worldwide with a target to hit 1.2 million barrels per day, adding that Nigeria was one of the targeted places to actualise the target.
Source: INDEPENDENT FEED BUSINESS