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Shell Nigeria to Invest in Ajaokuta-Kano Gas Pipeline Project




A subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Shell Nigeria Gas Ltd (SNG) has indicated interest in expanding its investment in gas distribution.

In a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, the multinational oil and gas firm revealed that it is interested in exploring investment opportunities available in the ongoing Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project.

The AKK gas pipeline which spans across different Northern Nigeria states covers a length of 614 kilometres. It runs from Ajaokuta to Kano. The pipeline, launched in June 2020, is a Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) and the Trans Saharan gas pipeline project.

According to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the project, still under construction, is being built at an estimated $2.8 billion. After launching, the AKK gas pipeline is expected to distribute 2.2 billion square cubic feet of gas daily into the domestic market.

In his statement, the Managing Director of SNG, Mr. Ed Ubong said that the company already has a market where it distributes natural gas to industrial establishments. It also seeks to expand through the massive business opportunities Nigeria and the AKK gas pipeline project presents.

He said, “SNG currently distributes natural gas for power generation to industrial clusters around Ogun, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos States and we are currently exploring markets along the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline project for investment opportunity to take gas to industries up north of Nigeria.”

Present at the meeting was also the General Manager, Shell Energy Nigeria, Mr. Markus Hector, who stated that the SNG plans to significantly expand its investment in gas distribution under the right regulatory environment.

According to him, the clear guidelines and regulations that support and protect investments were key in boosting investors confidence in the Nigerian gas sector.

Hector further commended the federal government for enacting the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), saying that the act would support the growth of the gas industry in Nigeria.

Explaining the need Nigeria has for an accelerated gas infrastructure to deepen domestic gas distribution across Nigeria, the CEO of the NMDPRA, Farouk Ahmed hailed Shell Nigeria for its deliberate and active investment in growing the gas supply and distribution market. He stated that their investments and supply has helped power industries in key locations across Nigeria.

He uregd SNG to continue being transparent, responsible and to practice good corporate governance in its business dealings in the country.

According to Ahmed the federal government’s desire to see gas infrastructure development, especially in the midstream, necessitated the enactment of the PIA. The CEO vowed that NMDPRA would input the necessary regulations to make business favourable to SNG and other prospective investors, by encouraging healthy competition, competitive prices, flexibility of supply and investments in the gas sector.


Source: Investors King

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Goya Foods Takes Legal Action to Assert ‘Goya Olive Oil’ Trademark Ownership



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“Goya Olive Oil” trademark in Nigeria, Goya Foods Incorporated has initiated legal proceedings against the Registrar of Trademarks under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The case, numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/883/2023, was brought before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Goya Foods, a prominent producer and distributor of foods and beverages across the United States, Spanish-speaking countries, and Nigeria, seeks to enforce a longstanding consent judgment issued by the court in December 2006.

The judgment directed the Registrar to rectify the Trademarks Register to reflect Goya Foods Incorporated as the rightful owner of the “Goya Olive Oil” trademark, without any further formalities.

The lawsuit, exclusively revealed to sources, underscores Goya Foods’ determination to safeguard its intellectual property against alleged infringements.

According to court documents, Goya Foods obtained the consent judgment against Chikason Industries Limited, which was accused of marketing “Goya Olive Oil” in Nigeria, thus infringing on Goya Foods’ registered trademark.

Legal counsel for Goya Foods, Ade Adedeji, SAN, emphasized the necessity of rectifying the Trademarks Register to protect their trademark interests effectively.

Despite appeals to the Registrar, the requested rectification has not been implemented, prompting Goya Foods to escalate the matter through legal channels.

The case has been adjourned to September 27, 2024, for further proceedings, highlighting the complexity and significance of trademark disputes in the global marketplace.

Goya Foods remains committed to upholding its brand integrity and securing its proprietary interests amidst the evolving landscape of international trademark law.

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IOCs Accused of Blocking Direct Crude Sales to Dangote Refinery



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Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) of obstructing direct crude oil sales to its refinery and forcing the company to use costly middlemen.

This development comes after a statement by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) suggested a “willing buyer-willing seller” dynamic was in place as mandated by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

Devakumar Edwin, Vice President of DIL, countered NUPRC CEO Gbenga Komolafe’s claims, stating that IOCs consistently make it difficult for local refiners by pushing sales through international trading arms, which inflate prices and bypass Nigerian laws.

“These middlemen earn unjustified margins on crude produced and consumed within Nigeria,” Edwin stated.

He noted that only one local producer, Sapetro, has sold directly to DIL, while others insist on using trading arms abroad.

Edwin detailed the financial impact, citing instances where DIL was charged a $2-$4 premium per barrel above the official price.

In April, DIL paid $96.23 per barrel for Bonga crude, which included significant premiums, compared to a much lower premium for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude.

While acknowledging NUPRC’s support in resolving some supply issues, Edwin urged the regulatory body to revisit pricing policies to ensure fair market practices.

“Market liquidity is essential for fair pricing. We hope NUPRC addresses these issues to prevent price gouging,” he stated.

This dispute highlights ongoing challenges in Nigeria’s oil sector, where domestic refiners struggle to secure local crude amidst complex market dynamics.

The outcome of these negotiations could significantly impact the refinery’s operations and broader industry practices.

The situation underscores the need for transparent and efficient crude supply systems to bolster Nigeria’s refining capacity and economic growth.

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Dangote’s $20 Billion Refinery to Begin Petrol Sales Next Month



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Aliko Dangote announced on Monday that his long-awaited $20 billion refinery complex will commence petrol sales starting next month.

The announcement came during a press briefing held at the refinery site in Lagos, where Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, detailed the project’s progress and future plans.

“We are proud to announce that the Dangote Refinery will begin selling petrol from August,” Dangote stated confidently.

“This milestone marks the culmination of years of meticulous planning, construction, and overcoming numerous challenges.”

Dangote’s refinery, touted as the largest single-train refinery in the world, is designed to process 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day once fully operational.

The facility aims to not only meet Nigeria’s domestic demand for refined petroleum products but also contribute significantly to export markets across West Africa.

“We have entered the steady-state production phase earlier this year, and now we are ready to begin commercial sales,” Dangote explained. “Initially, we will focus on petrol production, with plans to expand our product range as we ramp up to full capacity.”

The refinery’s launch is expected to alleviate Nigeria’s longstanding dependence on imported refined products, thereby boosting the country’s energy security and reducing foreign exchange outflows associated with fuel imports.

Beyond petrol sales, Dangote revealed ambitious plans to list both the refinery and its associated fertilizer plant on the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) by the first quarter of 2025.

This move aims to attract broader investor participation and unlock additional value for shareholders.

“We are committed to transparency and accountability in our operations,” Dangote emphasized. “Listing these subsidiaries on the NGX will not only strengthen our corporate governance framework but also enhance the refinery’s financial sustainability.”

Challenges and Future Prospects

Despite celebrating the imminent commencement of petrol sales, Dangote acknowledged challenges encountered during the project’s execution, including delays in securing land for a petrochemical facility in Ogun State, which incurred substantial costs.

“We faced bureaucratic hurdles that resulted in significant delays and financial losses,” Dangote lamented. “Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing Nigeria’s industrial capabilities and contributing to economic growth.”

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