Russia, Nigeria sign agreements on oil exploration, rail modernisation

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The Government of Russia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria for deep oil offshore exploration in the country.

Also, some Russian companies and Nigeria have signed MoU for the modernisation and development of railway infrastructure.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the MoU will enable both countries’ oil giants, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Russia’s Lukeoil to elevate commercial relationship to a government-to-government backed partnership.

Shehu said: “With signing of the MoU, NNPC and Lukeoil will work together in upstream operations and revamp Nigeria’s refineries.” Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari, and Vagit Alekperov, President of leading Russian oil company, Lukeoil, signed the MoU, which entails cooperation in deep offshore exploration of oil in Nigeria, production, trading and refining.

The signing ceremony, which took place on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit, was witnessed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.

Earlier in his remarks at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Lenin, President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria was prepared and willing to work with Russian businesses “to improve the efficiency of our oil and gas sector which provides us with the much-needed capital to invest in our security, infrastructure and economic diversification programmes.”

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