The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPC Ltd.) has entered into a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TotalEnergies, solidifying their commitment to environmental sustainability through the adoption of cutting-edge technology. The agreement, inked following NNPC Ltd.’s active participation at COP28 in Dubai, UAE, paves the way for the implementation of TotalEnergies’ Airborne Ultralight Spectrometer for Environmental Application (AUSEA) across all NNPC Ltd. upstream operations.
This collaboration signifies a pivotal step towards mitigating methane emissions and combating global warming. The AUSEA technology will be deployed to assess and curtail methane emissions from NNPC Ltd.’s upstream sites, aligning with international efforts to address climate change.
The MoU signing ceremony, graced by NNPC Ltd.’s Executive Vice President, Upstream, Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, and TotalEnergies EP Nigeria’s Managing Director and Country Chair, Matthieu Bouyer, garnered praise from key industry figures. NNPC Ltd.’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Mele Kyari, and TotalEnergies’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Pouyanné, oversaw the momentous event.
GCEO Mele Kyari expressed appreciation for the enduring partnership with TotalEnergies and the potential it holds for the nation’s energy sector. TotalEnergies’ CEO, Patrick Pouyanné, highlighted his company’s commitment to responsible hydrocarbon production and commended NNPC Ltd.’s successful transition into a limited liability company.
Emphasizing the practical implications of the partnership, NNPC Ltd.’s Executive Vice President, Upstream, Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, disclosed that the pilot phase of AUSEA deployment would commence on NNPC Ltd.’s owned operations. This strategic move positions NNPC Ltd. to implement methane abatement measures effectively.
The TotalEnergies AUSEA technology not only enables the identification of unaccounted emission sources but also establishes a foundation for enhancing emission reporting processes. Furthermore, it provides crucial data for reviewing operational systems, implementing corrective actions, and estimating flare combustion efficiency.
In light of these advancements, Chief Corporate Communications Officer Olufemi O. Soneye affirmed NNPC Ltd.’s commitment to transparency, sustainability, and technological innovation. The collaboration with TotalEnergies marks a significant milestone in advancing environmentally responsible practices within the energy sector.