Nigeria acquires high tech for its offshore subsea sector from Norway – Kjemprud
Nigeria, one of the biggest crude oil producing nations in the world, is heavily dependent on Norway for high technology for its offshore subsea sector, according to the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens Peter Kjemprud.
Kjemprud revealed this in an exclusive chat with Petrolgasreport, where he further said that there is need for proper investment by Nigeria to significantly improve its oil and gas sector.
“Nigeria acquires a lot of high technology for the offshore subsea sector from Norway. More importantly, we have common interest and benefit in improving the oil sector.
“For instance, from certain oil fields you can only extract 20 per cent but with the use of new technology, you can increase that to 50 per cent, although you need to make investments in this new kind of technology and that’s where we are more advanced. These are investments made for improving the quality and efficiency of the Nigerian oil and gas sector,” said Kjempurd.
For so long, there has been clamour for more attention to be shifted to renewable energy in the country. Kjempurd amplified this with a more robust points as he also said that the power sector is a major call for concern – it is in dire need of visible improvement.
“One important thing I have been focusing on since my assumption in Nigeria is Nigeria to develop its electricity sector because any Nigerian manufacturer cannot run in a competitive way on generators.
“You have huge potential in renewable energy such as hydro, solar and to some extent wind power. What we did was to develop our power sector. We produce 36,500 MW for 5 million people. Nigeria produces 3,650 MW which is one tenth, for 200 million people. For me, the most important thing to change in Nigeria is therefore the power sector. If you look around the world, the key is to have stable and cheap power delivered to the industries and to the people,” he added.
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