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Guideline 2 - (Guidelines for Flare Gas Measurement, Data Management and Reporting Obligations)

These Guidelines are issued pursuant to the provisions of Paragraph 35 (b) of the First Schedule to the Petroleum Act, 1969; Paragraph 44 of the Petroleum (Drilling and Production) Regulations, 1969; Paragraph 47 of the Petroleum Refining Regulations, 1974; and the Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations, 2018.

These Guidelines stipulate the general procedures for putting in place a gas flaring and venting accountability system in Nigeria which includes, amongst others, data measurement, accounting, registration and reporting.

  1. Objective

The objective of these Guidelines is to lay out the criteria, general requirements and obligations of Producers and Permit Holders with respect to Flare Gas measurement, data management and reporting obligations to ensure compliance with the Flare Gas (Prevention of Pollution and Waste) Regulations, 2018, as well as to introduce new Flare Gas measurement, data management and reporting obligations for all Processing Facilities.

These Guidelines address metering and data management aspects of the Metering and Data Collection Standards as stipulated in Paragraph 20 (2) of the Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations, 2018.

Flare Gas measurement and production data management is necessary to obtain, monitor, report and validate (audit) data of produced, utilised and flared/vented natural gas with the objective of, amongst others, generating Flare Site Data to identify and quantify the environmental impact and the opportunities to commercialise Flare Gas.


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On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, this programme seeks to attract investments and develop a transparent market mechanism through a competitive procurement process for allocating gas flares, under clear and transparent criteria, to competent third party investors using proven technologies in commercial application globally. The Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme (NGFCP) is an opportunity for Government, industry, State Government, ethnic nationalities, and local communities to work together to resolve an oil field unacceptable practice.