The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country in West Africa. The country borders with Niger, Benin, Cameroon and Chad. It is a member of the British Commonwealth. Nigeria has a total area of 923,800 sq. km. It is the most populous country in Africa with a population of 134 million people. The capital of Nigeria is Abuja. However, the main city and the true capital of the country is Lagos. Other large cities include Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna and Port Harcourt.
In January and February 2009, VNIIGAZ gave a presentation to the Nigeria Gas Company, the Nigerian Electricity Holding Company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Nigerian Ministry of Energy, the Economic Community of Western African States (ECWAS) and also to the council for the development of the oil-and-gas industry in the state of Umo.
In 2009, an agreement was reached which was discussed a year earlier on the creation of a joint Russian-Nigerian venture between Gazprom Oil and Gas Nigeria and the Nigerian National Oil Corporation.
In setting up the joint venture, Gazprom Oil and Gas Nigeria and the Nigeria National Oil Corporation created NiGaz Energy Company Limited during the official visit of the President of Russia to Nigeria on 24th June and its aims and objectives which were laid down and documented in a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding of 3rd September 2008 have been put into practice.. The first meeting of the Board of Directors of the joint venture took place in October 2009 and a list of priority projects to be implemented as soon as possible was drawn up. Among these projects is the organisation of uninterrupted gas to power stations in the state of Akwa Ibom and a gas energy project in the state of Gombe.
In October 2009, Gazprom Oil and Gas Nigeria in cooperation with the Nigerian company Oanda Plc took part in a tender for the Calabar-Adzhaokuta gas pipeline, with a length extending for 491 km, –a diameter of 1,400 mm and with a capacity of up to 15 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year. This pipeline is seen as the first link of the planned trans-Saharan gas pipeline and is designed to transport natural gas from the gas-rich south-eastern regions of Nigeria to the northern parts which are relatively poor in terms of energy.
Gazprom Oil and Gas Nigeria is not only expanding its business in exploration. During 2009, negotiations were conducted with the Rivers State Administration concerning the construction of a mini plant for producing absorbents for oil spill response.
In October 2009, the company Geodata Technical Services Limited was established - a joint venture between Gazprom Oil and Gas Nigeria and the Nigerian company Geokinetik. Gazprom Oil and Gas Nigeria’s share is 51%. The joint venture partner, Geokinetik, the market leader in exploration and geological surveying in Nigeria, is providing services for seismic surveying onshore.
Geodata TSL was created to meet demand in the growing market in the processing of geological (seismic) data in Nigeria and also to satisfy the needs of the companies it has set up in services such as the planning, seismic surveying, processing and reprocessing of seismic data, processing well data, secure storage of large data sets, recommendations regarding asset swap deals, entering into new assets, comprehensive studies of geological data, model building, report writing, expert opinions, etc. It is planned that Geodata will become a regional centre for the expert examination and processing of geological data obtained from the companies in the Gazprom International group in other countries in Africa and Latin America. It is also possible to use specialists to provide advice on a wide range of activities in the field of geological exploration.