NIGERIA – Chevron Nigeria Limited is advocating for continuous global engagement and action to reduce greenhouse emissions in order to address climate change issues.
CNL’s Managing Director, Jeff Ewing, made the call during the 2019 edition of the PRSG-Richardson Health, Safety, Security and the Environment Forum in Lagos.
In his keynote address entitled, ‘Global Warming – Real Issues and Our Responsibility,’ Ewing, who was represented by the Director, Deepwater and Production Sharing Contracts, Rick Kennedy, said it was time to address issues of climate change.
The Chevron boss emphasized the need for all stakeholders such as international agencies, government, business leaders and individuals to look at the concerns holistically and understand how human activities could contribute to climate change.
He stated that CNL, as a responsible corporate organization, was committed to improving how reliable and affordable energy was developed and delivered to meet global demand.
“In CNL, we proactively consider climate change risks and opportunities in our business decisions,” said Ewing.
“We work 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.”
On the CNL’s contributions to address climate change issues, Ewing noted that the company had invested in major capital projects aimed at eliminating routine flares from its operations.
He said Chevron was executing a profitable gas business through a range of domestic, regional and export supply facilities that could fulfil the requirements of its domestic gas supply obligation and support the Nigerian Gas Master Plan.
Ewing said, “With the support of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, we have reduced routine flaring in our operations by over 90 per cent in the last 10 years and continue to execute various projects towards eliminating routine flaring from our operations.”
Ewing further noted that Managing climate change risks was an important element of Chevron’s strategic focus towards providing cleaner energy and delivering superior performance that supports sustainable development goals.
Chevron is one of the largest oil producers in Nigeria and one of the country’s largest investors with extensive interests in both onshore and deep-water operations.
In 2018, Chevron’s net daily production in Nigeria averaged 194,000 barrels of crude oil, 233 million cubic feet of natural gas and 6,000 barrels of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
During the event, CNL was given an award for its contributions to the health, safety, security and environment practices in Nigeria and beyond.