The Department of Petroleum Resources, Gombe State field office, has organised a technical session for its oil and gas technical partners in the state.
The Controller, DPR Gombe field office, Mr Yahaya Maishera, said the technical session, which took place on Monday, was necessary, adding that some technical partners were given permits to render services to the oil and gas industry.
According to him, petroleum drilling and production regulation indicates that no company shall operate either technical or oil service without being registered and issued permits to carry out such services by the DPR.
He listed four companies that were accredited by DPR to render technical services.
The DPR boss said, “We realised there is a lot of gaps between them; some will not follow procedures, while some do not submit relevant reports.
“So, what we did in-house was local management to meet to enable us (DPR) to test their technical capability whether they can render these services.”
Maishera added that during the session with a technical partner after his presentation, the DPR observed some loopholes and advised on the need to improve and key into new ways of doing things as enshrined in the petroleum laws.
He said the technical session would be continuous, adding, “We also open ways for other accredited companies that have oil and gas industry permits to come to the field; there are lots of challenges and there is a lot of jobs here.”
He said the local content law had made things easy, adding that all the companies that Gombe DPR engaged in technical session were all owned by Nigerians and rendering technical services.
He called on stakeholders to inform the DPR immediately “if they are not satisfied with the services rendered to them by the technical partners”.