- NNPC Targets 80 Percent Refining Capacity by 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it plans to increase the capacity utilisation of its refineries to 60 per cent this year, and to 80 percent by the end of 2018, without giving further details.
Nigeria has five refineries in two in Port Harcourt, Warri, Kaduna and Ogbelle, with combined capacity of 446,000 barrels daily. Four these refineries (445,000bpd combined capacity) are operated by NNPC subsidiaries, while the Ogbelle, a 1,000-barrel capacity private diesel topping refinery in Rivers State is run by the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, NDPR.
Data from industry regulator, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), indicate that all the refineries combined had worked at an average of 20 percent since 2010. Therefore, any increase in capacity will be a big boost for petroleum products availability, which importation is estimated at over N10 billion monthly.
The capacity increase will also permanently put an end to the burden petroleum subsidy, which though not provided in 2017 budget, which many fear will resurrect given the rising price of crude at the international oil market.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said in a statement on Sunday, that the Corporation is keen on ending products importation in a few years, and that concrete plans are on ground to achieve this.
He said: “it is the procedure or methodology that we are changing a little bit, we are focusing on the process licensors to come and audit our processes and they have already started auditing most of our process units in the various refineries.
“We hope if we do all these systematically, we should be able to get about 60 per cent level of capacity utilisation by the end of this year or at worst by the first quarter of 2018 and get to 80 per cent by the end of 2018 so that we could locally be able to supply half of our Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) requirements.
“Also, with other efforts in terms of other refineries coming in place, we should be able to quit importation in a few years,” the GMD said.The pronouncement comes as the country recorded a total of 2,978 vandalised pipeline points between November 2015 and October 2016, prompting the Corporation to propose the establishment of a Security Advisory Council.
This is aimed at bringing a lasting solution to the perennial problem of pipeline vandalism and sundry security challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry.
Baru noted that there was need to evolve new measures to bring an end to pipeline vandalism which is a major threat to the nation’s economy, and that the security advisory council would involve critical stakeholders, including security agencies, community leaders from the Niger Delta, as well as IOCs, with a view to addressing all security and host community agitations.
“We want to passionately appeal to those behind indiscriminate acts of infrastructure vandalism to put an end forthwith to these despicable acts which are a great threat to the economy, the eco-system and energy security of the country,” the NNPC boss stated.
He explained that since coming on board, he has ensured that the NNPC was run as what he called “a FACTI-based corporation, meaning a Focused,Accountable, Competitive and Transparent organisation that conducts its business with Integrity.”
Stressing the need to be self-sufficient in petroleum refining, the National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Chinedu Okorokwo, urged the Federal Government to work towards refining more of its crude oil rather than export.
This, he said, remained the only way to stem the effects of declining crude oil prices on the Nigerian economy.Okoronkwo said that the decline of price of crude oil at the international marketer should not bother Nigerians, adding that local refining would cushion other expenses and boost Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
Ecobank Head of Energy Research, Dolapo Oni, said: “Some of our buyers today will have self-sufficiency in crude or need lesser amounts from us and we’ll need to find new markets again; pretty much like what the U.S. did to us in 2010.
“We need to plan ahead for these eventualities and diversify away from oil exports. We can increase value production by more domestic refining and petrochemicals extraction from crude. We can also develop ways to channel earnings from crude oil into other vital areas of the economy in a more direct way.”
Nigeria’s Exports Under US Duty-free Policy Declines to $300.48m
Nigeria’s Exports to the United States Under Duty-free Policy Declined by 88 Percent to $300.48 million
Nigeria’s total exports under the US duty-free declined by 88 percent from $2,502.86 million to $300.48 million in the first eight months of 2020.
In the latest African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) policy report established in 2000, crude oil export accounted for 99.8 percent of Nigeria’s AGOA exports to the United States in 2019.
In 2019, oil and gas products worth $3.12 billion were exported to the US under the duty-free policy.
However, the plunged in global demand for Nigerian crude oil due to the COVID-19 lockdown weighed on the nation’s oil exports and revenue generation.
The United States imported 5.53 million barrels of crude oil from Nigeria in the first quarter of 2020, down from 15.07 million barrels imported in the final quarter of 2019.
Speaking on the need to improve non-oil export to take advantage of the duty-free like other African nations Mr Olusegun Awolowo, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, who spoke at a virtual event recently said despite efforts to sensitise Nigerian exporters on the need to take advantage of the duty-free trade opportunity, only a few Nigerian exporters are benefiting from it.
He said the record crash in global oil prices is an indication that a mono-product economy like Nigeria is not sustainable and that there is an urgent need to develop non-oil export.
“We cannot rely on crude oil export as both our major source of government revenue and foreign exchange generation. We must diversify our export base,” Awolowo said.
Road Projects: Nigeria Owes Contractors More Than N390 Billion, Says Fashola
FG Owes Road Contractors N392 Billion for Road Projects
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said the Federal Government owes companies handling the 711 road projects across the country a total sum of N392 billion.
This, he said was higher than the N276 billion allocated for road projects in the proposed 2021 budget.
The minister disclosed this on Wednesday while defending the 2021 budget of his ministry before the Senate Committee on works.
Fashola said, “With the situation on ground, a stop has come for new projects and the country needs to prioritise the existing ones in order to complete some of them.”
According to him, a total of N6.62 trillion was needed to fund the 711 road projects but because of the limited available resources, there is a need to prioritise the important ones.
He said, “We do not have the resources that we need to fix our road infrastructure at once; the very reason we need to prioritise what want to do.
“The situation on ground requires us to cut our coat according to our cloth and not according to our size because no good will come out of more new road projects now.”
Waltersmith’s 5,000bpd Modular Refinery in Imo State to Commence Operations
5,000bpd Modular Refinery Built in Imo State to Start Operations
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said the 5,000 barrels per day Modular Refinery project built in Imo State is ready for operations.
Sarki Auwalu, the Director, DPR, disclosed this during a pre-commissioning visit to the project site in Ibigwe, Imo State.
In a statement released by Waltersmith, Auwalu was quoted as saying the purpose of his visit was to ensure that the refinery was ready to commence operations.
He said “We can confirm that the refinery is very much ready to commence operations. We have seen all the preparations.
“To us, the plant is alive. The commissioning is just symbolic. Everywhere is ready to start off. My overall assessment is excellent.
“We have been to other modular refineries but we have not seen anything like this – the space, the way it is arranged and the way it will work.”
The 5,000 barrels per day modular refinery is scheduled for inauguration this month. The refinery has crude oil storage capacity of 60,000 barrels and it is expected to deliver more than 271 million litres per year of refined petroleum products.
Auwalu said, “The role we play is to enable businesses and create opportunities. When DPR issues you a licence, it enables you to invest and as a result of that opportunity we create, that business is enabled.
“Waltersmith is one of our success stories. We consider the project as ours. We have been tracking their growth and we are happy to see that our child is growing. It is our plan that they expand and they have the potential.”
Speaking on the project, Abdulrasaq Isah, the Chairman, Waltersmith Refining and Petrochemical Company, said the project is the first phase of a series of refinery projects that will lead to the delivery of up to 50,000 barrels per day in refining products.
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