Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday held a closed-door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, with one of the major subjects of discussion being the Malabu OPL 245 scandal, Premium Times reports.
Tuesday’s meeting comes about five days after Mr. Kachikwu told journalists that ongoing investigation and prosecution of two multinational oil firms, Shell and ENI, in Nigeria and Italy, for their alleged roles in the Malabu scandal, will not lead to a stoppage of work on the controversial oil block, OPL 245.
The Tuesday meeting at the Aso Villa, Abuja, was also attended by ENI officials represented by officials of its Nigerian subsidiary, Agip/NAOC; as well as officials of the Nigerian state oil firm, NNPC. Mr. Kachikwu confirmed to journalists after Tuesday’s meeting that the Zabazaba field, part of OPL 245, was a major topic of discussion during the meeting.
He added that the discussion also centred on “their cooperation with us in terms of repairs of the Port Harcourt refinery where they are working with Oando and a few other people.” Kachikwu also said that Agip was to “build a brand new refinery of 150,000 barrels capacity in Port-Harcourt or Brass, Bayelsa State.”