NL’s Director Deepwater & PSCs, Rick Kennedy (L) receiving the award from Akin Osuntoki, CEO PRSG-Richardson HSSE Forum

By Ovie Okpare

The Chairman and Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Jeff Ewing, has expressed the commitment of the oil giant to the elimination of gas flares, saying that it has matched such commitment by reducing routine flares in its operations by over 90 per cent in the last ten years.

Ewing stated this during the 2019 edition of the PRSG-Richardson Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE) Forum held on Tuesday September 17, 2019, at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Chevron’s MD who chaired the event also expressed readiness of the company to work with government and other relevant stakeholders towards developing balanced policies that will address potential climate change risks.

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Ewing, represented by Mr Rick Kennedy, Director, Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs), in his keynote address on “Global Warming-Real Issues and Our Responsibility”, reiterated that there was need for all stakeholders to holistically address the issue of climate change.

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According to him, all stakeholders-international agencies, government, business leaders and individuals should look at the concerns holistically and understand how human activities contribute to climate change globally.

According to a statement issued by CNL’s General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, quoted Ewing as saying that Chevron as a reputed and responsible company is committed to improving how reliable and affordable energy is developed and delivered to meet global demand.

He said, “In CNL, we proactively consider climate change risks and opportunities in our business decisions and works constructively with government and other stakeholders towards balanced policies to address potential climate change risks, while continuing to produce affordable, reliable and increasingly cleaner energy to support social and economic growth.”

Rick Kennedy (M) and other dignitaries at the event in Lagos

To the effect, Ewing disclosed that the company has reduced routine flares in its platforms through huge capital investment and executing a profitable gas business through a range of domestic, regional and export supply facilities that fulfill the requirements of our domestic gas supply obligation and support the Nigerian Gas Master Plan.

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“With the support of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, we have reduced routine flaring in our operations by over 90% in the last 10 years and continue to execute various projects towards eliminating routine flaring from our operations,” he added.

According to him, the company’s governance, risk management and strategy processes are enough to mitigate risks and capture opportunities associated with climate change.

Ewing stated further “Managing climate change risks is an important element of Chevron’s strategic focus towards providing cleaner energy and delivering superior performance that supports sustainable development goals.”

Highpoint of the event was the presentation of an award to CNL for its contributions to the Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE) practices in Nigeria and beyond. Another award was presented to Mr. Ewing for his relentless commitment to HSSE management and local content development in Nigeria.

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