FG to award coal licenses to only power generating firms

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, said that licenses for mining of coal for power generation had not been awarded since the emergence of the current administration.

Mr. Fayemi said this at a stakeholders and press meeting on pre-Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) at the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja.

The minister was represented by Egghead Odewale, Technical Adviser/Chief of Staff of the Minister.

Avengers leader, other militants arrested – Nigerian army

Nigeria's military said on Wednesday it had arrested a suspected leader of the Niger Delta Avengers militant group and other men accused of attacking oil and gas infrastructure.

Soldiers, backed by the air force and security officers, detained Isaac Romeo and two other men over the weekend in Calabar, the capital of Cross River state in the Delta region, the military said.

Tank farms blocking flood channel at Satellite Town – LASEMA

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has confirmed that concrete walls erected by some Tank farm companies has permanently blocked the natural water ways at Liverpool Community Development Association in Ijegun Egba in Oriade Local Council Development Area, Satellite Town, resulting in flooding and other environmental degradation in the area. This was contained in a letter by General Manager of LASEMA, Mr.

Controversy trails concession, sale of Enugu coal blocks

Controversy has trailed the alleged concession or sale of some coal blocks at Enugu Coal Mines in Enugu.

This came at a time power generation has not exceeded 3,500 megawatts, MW, for a country with a population of not fewer than 150 million.
Before now, Enugu State had claimed that the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, concessioned and sold coal blocks in the state for renewable energy.

Paris agreement, fossil fuel industry and the lesson Nigeria must learn

In December 2015, thousands of diplomats from some 195 countries gathered in Paris to deliberate once again on how to save humanity and the planet from the threat of climate change. After two weeks of intense negotiations, they emerged with a historic deal, the basic gist of which is a high aspirational goal to cut down enough emissions to limit global warming to 2oC, but strive to achieve an even lower limit of 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels; and to achieve this “as soon as possible”.

Oil exploration causes environmental warming in Nigeria – NGO

Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), said oil exploration by multinational companies was a major contributor to environmental warming and climate change effects in Nigeria.

Militants Blow Up Chevron Oil Facility, Vow More Attacks

By Roseline Okere, Sulaimon Salau and Chido Okafor

Militants in the Niger Delta yesterday blew up the Chevron Valve Platform located on the high sea near Escravos in Warri, Delta State in a renewed attack on oil installations in the country.

The attack is another setback to the nation's oil and gas production sector, even as the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is still working to restore the Forcados export terminals after a similar attack two months ago.

IMO Clinches Deal on Shipping Fuel Use Data, Though Emissions Target Remains Elusive

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed on a mandatory system to track fuel use from international shipping, following a meeting of its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

Marine engineers vow to end acquisition of scrap vessels

THE Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) in Nigeria has said it would ensure that only certified sea-worthy ships are acquired and brought into Nigeria. Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, President of the association, Engr. Charles Uwadia said that the initiative would be among key issues for discussion at the association’s Maritime Technical Summit themed ‘Challenges of Maritime Transport Industry in Nigeria,’ billed for this month of April.

Tax Exemptions to NLNG project Cost Nigeria $3.3bn


Nigeria may have lost $3.3 billion on the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, project as a result of the 10-year tax holiday granted during the implementation of the project, a study has indicated. A study carried out by the Netherlands-based Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen, SOMO, also known as Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations on the project and the tax and other fiscal incentives granted its operators and published January this year showed that the amount should be considered a minimum estimate based on conservative assumptions.


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