Exploration & Production

Nigeria talks tough on flaring ahead of elections

Nigeria has threatened to revoke the licences of companies flaring gas in the country, but terms for selling the fuel are still undeveloped Nigeria has threatened to revoke the licences of companies flaring gas in the country, but terms for selling the fuel are still undeveloped.
By Felix Janvrin 2 October 2018 0 32743
Women in the Niger Delta cooking by gas flares. (Ed Kashi, World Bank)

Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s petroleum minister, has said he may revoke the operating licences of companies that fail to stop flaring gas from 2019. However, the minister’s threats are unlikely to bring about change until meaningful fiscal incentives for the commercialisation of associated resources are introduced. 

Kachikwu’s comments, which he made during a Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria forum last week, echo recent directives that will toughen up the penalties for flaring. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution)...