The Bayelsa State Government has declared interest in acquiring the OML 46 and wants the revoked license reversed by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)
This was declared by the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri who expressed shock over the unsuccessful bid to reacquire the marginal field as the Bayelsa Oil Company was excluded from the marginal bidding process, according to NAN.
Speaking at the state’s Executive Council Meeting at the Government House, Yenagoa, the Governor said the marginal oil field remained a prized asset of the state to which it is sentimentally attached and called on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision on the matter.
“There has been this issue of the Bayelsa State-owned Atala Oil Field. We kept a studied silence over the matter because we needed to have all the information that led to the revocation of the licence of our state-owned asset.
“Part of what I have done in the last one week of my absence was to state the position of the Bayelsa State Government, which I did very clearly to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“So our position on Atala Oil Field is that it is a prized asset of Bayelsa State and that revocation should be cancelled.
“Bayelsa State Government might not have the financial capacity or the technical know-how but the government is ready to partner financial and technical experts to ensure that the field goes into full production,” Governor Diri said.
The Governor urged the DPR, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, to return the oil field to the state.
Located onshore within the state, Bayelsa State won OML 46 license in a 2013 bidding process,
On April 6, 2020, the DPR announced the revocation of 11 of the 13 marginal fields licences it issued to indigenous oil firms to build capacity and promote the participation of Nigerians in the oil sector.
Meanwhile, the Senate last week, insisted on a 3% allocation to host communities in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), despite protests by Southern lawmakers at the National Assembly.
The members of the upper legislative chamber adopted the report of the conference committee that recommended 3% as against the views of the Southern lawmakers who had demanded 5% for host communities.