The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said that fossil fuel will remain relevant in the global energy mix for decades to come.
The Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, said it has contrary to assumptions in some quarters, crude oil demand would be very high even beyond 2040.
The NNPC boss was speaking when he received members of a Higher Command Course of the Indian Army War College who were on a tour of Nigeria.
He said Nigeria’s crude oil grades were rich with high global demand and that the NNPC was determined to grow Nigeria’s production to three million barrels per day by 2023.
He emphasised the age-long bilateral relation between Nigeria and India, which cut across trade, military cooperation and international peacekeeping, among others.
He described energy security as a critical factor in guaranteeing Nigeria’s territorial integrity and growing its economy.
Kyari said, “Energy security is everything in terms of national security. The recent attack on Saudi oil facility is one incident which has attracted global attention and has the potential to impact global economy.”
The leader of the delegation in his remarks, Brig. Gen. Sudhir Malik, said India was the largest trade partner with Nigeria, adding that oil formed a large chunk of the trade between the two countries.