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Oil Wells: Anambra, Kogi To Know Fate Next Week

Oil Wells: Anambra, Kogi To Know Fate Next Week

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said it will release the actual locations of the disputed oil wells at Anambra River Basin by next week.

The declaration of Anambra state as oil producing states after the commencement of oil production by Orient Petroleum Resources (OPR) Plc on August 30, 2012 has attracted protests from neighboring Kogi and Enugu states.

Spokesperson of the DPR, Mrs. Belema Osibodu, told Daily Trust yesterday that the department will give out the coordinate of the disputed oil wells hopefully by next week.

Kogi and Enugu states have since claimed the oil wells operated by OPR but Anambra described the claims as false.

President Goodluck Jonathan recently launched the OPR Plc’s refinery which marked the beginning of production of crude oil by the company at Aguleri Otu of Anambra West Local Government Area. OPR operates at about 640 square kilometers oil blocks OPL 915 & 916.

Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, expressed shock over the claims made by the two states on the oil field discovered in his domain.

Obi wondered why the claims started after the successful commissioning of Orient Petroleum facilities by the President on August 30.

Mrs Osibodu said it is unfortunate that everything in this country has been politicized, if not the issues is not a big deal.

“Every state now wants to claim oil in its land, it is happening everywhere now in our country, but we will give detail clarifications hopefully next week in order to settle the issue,” DPR said.

The coordinate of the wells will give details on the locations of the oil with the block.

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