The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the discovery of hydrocarbon (oil and gas) deposits (crude oil) in Bauchi state; the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, in the North-Eastern part of the country.
NNPC took to its official twitter page to make the announcement the deposits of crude oil has been found in Bauchi state. They wrote;
At about 21:20 hours of 10th October 2019,
@NNPCgroup drilling crew working at Kolmani River-II in Gongola Basin have encountered hydrocarbon outflow to the well head while performing well test operations…
…The gas component is currently being flared to avoid pressure build up around the drilling rig. Further assessment of the Hydrocarbon type and volume are being carried out.
At about 21:20 hours of 10th October 2019, @NNPCgroup drilling crew working at Kolmani River-II in Gongola Basin have encountered hydrocarbon outflow to the well head while performing well test operations… pic.twitter.com/qpnmRwcZsC
— NNPC Group (@NNPCgroup) October 11, 2019
It would be recalled that drilling of the Kolmani River II Well, a site near Barambu, a village in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State, was flagged-off by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2nd of February, 2019.
NNPC’s acting spokesman Mr. Samson Makoji, stated that NNPC acquired 435.54km2 of 3D Seismic Data over Kolmani Prospect in the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin.
A Drill Stem Test (DST) is currently on-going to confirm the commercial viability and flow of the Kolmani River reservoirs.
Preliminary reports indicate that the discovery consists of gas, condensate and light sweet oil of API gravity ranging from 38 to 41 found in stacked siliciclastic cretaceous reservoirs of Yolde, Bima Sandstone and Pre-Bima formations.