Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has announced 42 successful bidders in the 2022 Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP)’s auction process. Mr Gbenga Komolafe, the NUPRC Chief Executive gave the outcome of the bidding exercise in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday. He said the 42 successful companies/entities in the keenly contested bid for 49 flare sites were already being issued with letters of award. The NUPRC boss said 38 of the companies/entities had been awarded 40 flare sites for stand-alone single flare site development, while four were awarded nine sites to be developed as clusters. “Reserve bidders’ status has also been accorded some companies for the corresponding flare sites in case the preferred bidders fail to meet the terms and conditions stipulated in the Request for Proposal (RFP).
“Award letters are already being transmitted to the respective successful entities through the appropriate channels,” he said. At this stage, the Preferred Bidders would individually proceed to execute the Suite of Commercial Agreements with relevant parties and effect payment of the prescribed award fees to enable the grant of Permit to Access Flare Gas by the Commission,” he said. Komolafe said that KPMG, a global network of professional firms, had been approved to partner with the Commission in the implementation of the award to ensure successful outcome of the gas flare-out commercialisation process. The NUPRC boss, on behalf of management congratulated the successful bidders and enjoined them to follow through with the final stages of the programme towards becoming Permit Holders and executors of viable projects that would harness flare gas for value creation. Komolafe recalled that, In furtherance of the commission’s mandate in Sections 7 (e) and 105 (2) of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021, the NGFCP was restructured and the programme re-launched in the third quarter of 2022,
The restructuring, according to him, was to align with the provisions of the PIA, as well as reflect prevailing economic and operational realities. He said the significant successes recorded in the NGFCP bid process was due to a series of focused engagements with relevant stakeholders. Komolafe said the stakeholders included the domestic investors, international development agencies, oil and gas producers, technology providers and financial institutions during the intervening months. He added that the engagements by the Commission were to galvanise and sustain interest in the programme, attract investments and stimulate participation by local and foreign entities. Tracing the processes leading to the award, Komolafe said 300 companies/entities indicated interest in response to the Request for Qualification (RFQ) issued in the fourth quarter of 2022, He said following the evaluation of their Statement of Qualification (SOQ) a total of 139 applicants were deemed successful and awarded the Qualified Applicant status.
“Subsequently, in the first quarter of 2023, the Commission issued the RFP to enable qualified applicants to put together their respective proposals for any of the 49 flare sites on offer. 88 entities, comprising individual companies and consortiums responded to the RFP and submitted a total of 137 proposals, each containing technical, commercial and financial documentation for one or more of the 49 flare sites for either standalone or cluster development,” he said. (NAN)