The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) says it has developed the capacity to extend it services beyond aviation to the oil and gas sectors.
The agency said it can now give weather forecasts for operation of oil rigs, supply tailored forecasts in both terrestrial and offshore environments to meet the unique and changing industry oil and gas industry.
Director General/CEO of NIMET, Dr. Anthony Anuforom, said the new capacity developed by the agency is part of its effort to commercialize its services and enhance its internally generated revenue.
NIMET had focused primarily on the supply of meteorological data for the aviation sector, but recent upgrade of its facilities to world standard means the agency is now making inroad into the oil and gas industry.
According to him, about N60 million had been invested in the upgrade of some infrastructure by the agency.
“Presently, non-aeronautical sources contribute less than five per cent of our IGR. Our strategy is to increase the contribution from these non-aeronautical sources, specifically from the maritime and oil and gas sectors to 50 per cent in the medium term, while ensuring that the aeronautical sources do not diminish,” he said.