An ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives investigating revenue leakages in the oil and gas sector from January 2016 to January 2017, last week disputed claims by Chevron Nigeria that it flared only $15,000 worth of gas in its oil fields in 2016, Leadership reports.
Chairman of the committee, Hon Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe ruled that Chevron should appear before the committee with its technical team. Jarigbe insisted that since certain documents vital to the investigation were not available, the committee may be forced to move the public hearing as it cannot approach the issues without having all the facts available to it. The committee also questioned the weight and measure of gas flaring, the meter used as well as who determined the penalty.
Jarigbe hereby demanded for details of all sub-heads payment from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), But the director in charge of Government Relations at Chevron, Gbenga Aluko, in his response explained that the DPR usually measures the volume and charges the penalties accordingly. Aluko noted that gas flaring by Chevron has been cut down by 96% and whatever amount they have paid on the receipts were all generated by the DPR.