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NNPC Pledges to Promote Gas Development

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, has said the corporation will ensure the maximisation of the nation’s vast gas resources by incentivising all parts of the gas value chain.

He said the NNPC would support the Nigerian Gas Association to achieve its objectives of ensuring that the country derives maximum benefit from its huge gas resource base.

The GMD was quoted in a statement to have stated this while receiving the NGA delegation led by its President, Mr. Bolaji Osunsanya, at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.

He said as the midwife of the nation’s premier gas association in 1999, the NNPC had a moral and strategic interest in ensuring the continuous existence and sustained growth of the association.

“The NGA is a reflection of the development of the gas industry in Nigeria and they have contributed to the government in terms of advocacy and advice,” said Baru.

He described the theme of the forthcoming NGA conference, ‘Nigerian gas roadmap: potential for domestic, regional and global influence’ as quite apt at this period, especially with the country’s interests in the West Africa Gas Pipeline, Nigerian LNG Limited and the challenges in the power sector in the country.

Baru thanked the NGA for its advocacy in ensuring a review of the Production Sharing Contracts gas terms, adding that the NNPC was working hard to ensure the maximisation of the nation’s vast gas resources by incentivising all parts of the gas value chain.

“What I need from the NGA is a lot of advocacy and advice on whatever the sector requires. We will look at it, evaluate and see how best to make good use of it and drive the gas sector forward,” he said.

Osunsanya said the purpose of the courtesy visit was to stimulate the much-needed conversation on a range of important and diverse perspectives regarding natural gas development and its economic benefits to Nigeria and the support of the NNPC for the conference.

“Nigeria is slowly turning to gas as a primary driver of the nation’s development. The NNPC, directly and in proxy, holds a significant position in the development of the sector, which is a further indication that the NNPC has a prominent role to play,” he said.

He called for increased dialogue and cooperation between the association and the state oil company, adding that by aligning with each other, Nigeria’s huge natural gas resources could be explored as the viable option to crude oil in the face of the present economic realities.

Osunsanya thanked the NNPC and Baru for the unflinching support for the association and pledged the readiness of its members to work with the corporation in this regard.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man With $12.1 Billion Net Worth -Forbes

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Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man With $12.1 Billion Net Worth -Forbes

Nigerian industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is Africa’s richest person for the tenth year in a row.

In the Forbes Africa latest billionaires list, Dangote’s total net worth stood at $12.1 billion, a $2 billion increment when compared to last year. Thanks to the 30 percent increase in the price of Dangote Cement share.

Nassef Sawiris of Egypt followed Dangote with $8.5 billion net worth with the majority of his investments coming from construction and other investments.

In third place was Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa with an $8 billion total net worth.

Mike Adenuga and Abdulsamad Rabio, the two Nigerians, came fifth and sixth with $6.3 billion and $5.5 billion net worth, respectively.Forbes Africa's billionaires list

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Portland Paints, Chemical and Allied Products Plc Agreed to Merge

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Portland Paints, Chemical and Allied Products Plc Agreed to Merge

Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc and Chemical and Allied Products Plc have agreed to merge, according to the latest statement from both companies.

In a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of CAP said we are “pleased to inform you that following discussions and negotiations, the Boards of CAP and Portland Paints have reached an agreement to undertake a merger between both entities (the “Merger” or the “Proposed Merger”).

Accordingly, we “hereby present to you the terms and benefits of the Proposed Merger for your consideration and seek your support and approval to effect the Proposed Merger.

“The Proposed Merger presents a compelling opportunity to create significant value for shareholders of CAP and achieve the company’s strategic growth objectives as a larger company with a broader product portfolio, more corporate owned brands and diversified revenues.

“The resultant entity is also expected to benefit from enhanced distribution capabilities in addition to economies of scale and operational efficiencies.”

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Tony Elumelu Acquires Shell, Total, ENI Stakes in OML 17

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Tony Elumelu Acquires Shell, Total, ENI Stakes in OML 17

Tony Elumelu owned Heir Holdings Limited and its related company Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc on Friday announced it has completed the purchase of 45 percent stake in Oil Mining Lease (OML 17) through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited.

The acquisition includes all assets of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (30 Percent), Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (10 percent) and ENI (five percent) — in the lease.

It was further stated that TNOG Oil and Gas Limited will also have the sole right to operate OML 17.

The field presently has a production capacity of 27,000 barrels per day. Also, there are estimated 2P reserves (proven and probable) of 1.2 billion barrels and an additional one billion barrels in possible reserves — all of oil equivalent.

A consortium of global and regional banks and investors provided a financing component of $1.1 billion for the largest oil and gas financing in Africa in over a decade.

In a statement released on Friday, Shell said the completion was after all the necessary approvals have were received from authorities.

“A total of $453m was paid at completion with the balance to be paid over an agreed period. SPDC will retain its interest in the Port Harcourt Industrial and Residential Areas, which fall within the lease area,” the SPDC said.

Speaking after the completion of the deal, Elumelu said “We have a very clear vision: creating Africa’s first integrated energy multinational, a global quality business, uniquely focused on Africa and Africa’s energy needs. The acquisition of such a high-quality asset, with significant potential for further growth, is a strong statement of our confidence in Nigeria, the Nigerian oil and gas sector and a tribute to the extremely high-quality management team that we have assembled.

“As a Nigerian, and more particularly an indigene of the Niger Delta region, I understand well our responsibilities that come with stewardship of the asset, our engagement with communities and the strategic importance of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. We see significant benefits from integrating our production, with our ability to power Nigeria, through Transcorp, and deliver value across the energy value chain.

“I would like to thank Shell, Total and ENI, for the professionalism of the process, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and the NNPC for the confidence they have placed in us.”

Tony Elumelu is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited, Transcorp and United Bank for Africa Plc.

Also, read Transcorp Plc Acquires FGN’s 100% Equity in Afam Power for N105 Billion

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