Ownership of Petroleum under the Petroleum Industry Bill 2020

Ownership of petroleum in situ or in the ground is important. The owner of petroleum has the right to determine how that petroleum is developed and produced. In some countries, ownership belongs to the person that owns the land (USA), in others, ownership is held by the country or the National government (United Kingdom), and yet in others, the sub-national entities have ownership rights (Canada).

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We are Back!

It has been just over two years since there has been any tangible development on the Petroleum Industry Bill. This ended this week with the news that the President has forwarded a new draft of the Petroleum Industry Bill to the National Assembly. We understand that unlike the attempts under the 8th National Assembly, the executive has sent just one bill. We will make that Bill available here once we receive it, along with our analysis of its content.

Senate passes 3 petroleum industry reform bills through second reading

The Nigerian Senate passed the Petroleum Industry Administration Bill, Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill and the Petroleum Host Community Bill at the second reading today, the 27th of July, 2017. The Bills have been referred to the Committees on Petroleum Upstream, Downstream and Gas to report to the full Senate in four weeks. This is another milestone in the petroleum industry reforms. We expect that the next four weeks will be spent engaging with key stakeholders on the various reform bills. Petroleumindustrybill.com will continue to keep you updated on these developments.

PIB – House of Representatives seeks to pursue another route

Thisdayonline reports that the House of Representatives seeks to pursue another strategy in the passage of petroleum industry reforms. The Chairman of the House Committee, Petroleum Upstream, Hon. Victor Nwokolo (Delta-PDP) indicated in a press conference yesterday that the House bill will include the Petroleum Host Community Fund as well as Fiscal reform matters.  This runs against the reports that the PIGB passed by the Senate would be given accelerated hearing by the House.

Given the legislative and political timetables, this recent development will pose a challenge to the adoption of the PIGB or indeed any part of the petroleum industry reforms into law in the near future. It is our opinion that the two houses of the National Assembly should work together in the national interest to avoid further delays to much-needed reforms.

The “Trash that is the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB)” and other news

The newspapers continue to cover the fallout from the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB). A few of yesterday’s reports are highlighted below. 

YNaija.com publish a scathing opinion piece by Saatah Nubari titled “THE TRASH THAT IS THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL (PIB)“. Nubari criticised the decision of the Senate not to address the Petroleum Host Community Fund first as in his opinion this is the most critical piece of the raft of legislation to be passed. 

The Premium Times provides us with an infograph detailing the decade long journey in the passage of the Petroleum reform bill. 

Thisday considers the passage of the bill a small but significant step in the right direction. 

Proshareng.com provides a detailed analysis of the contents of the bill, which is worth reading.