All is set for Anambra State to join the league of oil producing states in Nigeria as the Orient Petroleum Resources Plc, in the coming weeks will begin the production of crude oil in the state.
The Chairman, Board of Directors of Orient Petroleum Chief Emeka Anyaoku made this announcement yesterday while inspecting the company’s facilities located at Aguleri Otu in Anambra West Local Government Area, in company of the Governor of the state, Peter Obi, former vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme, Managing Director of Orient Petroleum Plc, Engr Emeka Nwoawka, Igwe Peter Anukwu of Mbaukwu among others.
Chief Anyaoku said the company was ready to start production of crude in a couple of weeks which would mark the first time crude was produced in inland basin in the country
He also stated that the company’s service contractor had made significant progress in the acquisition of high resolution 3D seismic data over 640 square kilometers of Orient’s oil blocks OPL 915 & 916 to delineate the full extent of the hydrocarbon discoveries and prospects.
The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi commended the Board of Orient Petroleum for its resilience and determination to bring the project on stream. He said that when functional, the company will among other things create employment, fast-track overall development of the host community as well as contribute in strengthening the State and national economy. He assured of continued government support for the project.
It would be recalled that during the company’s 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2011, Chief Emeka Anyaoku confirmed that the company would start crude oil exploration, production and sales this year.