The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, stated yesterday that the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries are expected to contribute about 8.5 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, per day to the country’s fuel supply, in the next couple of days.
The NNPC also disclosed that it has successfully recovered the System 2B pipeline which was breached last week at Arepo, Ogun State.
This was even as the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, yesterday, stated that it has shut down 22 filling stations in Abuja and environs for one month for undue profiteering.
The DPR, in a statement in Abuja, signed byMohammed Saidu, Head, Public Relations, stated that 19 of the petrol stations were sealed for selling above N87.00 per liter, two were sealed for diversion of petroleum products while the remaining one was grossly under-dispensing and selling products massively in jerry cans.
According to the DPR, the stations are to remain sealed for at least one month in addition to forfeiting their bridging claims as directed by the Federal Government.
Prominent among the petrol stations sanctioned are Conoil, Gwagwalada; Oando, Herbert Macaulay Way, Abuja; A.A. Rano Nigeria Limited, Abuja-Keffi Road, Nyanya, among others.
P-H, Warri refineries successfully re-streamed
On the issue of the refineries, the NNPC in a statement signed by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, stated that the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries have been successfully re-streamed after a nine-month phased rehabilitation exercise conducted by its in-house engineers and technicians.
According to Alegbe, the Port Harcourt refinery is projected to boost the nation’s local refining capacity with a product yield of five million litres of petrol per day while Warri refinery would contribute 3.5 million litres of petrol to local refining capacity.
He stated that both plants have commenced preliminary production of petroleum products after successful test-runs, noting that while Port Harcourt Refineries Company, PHRC, is ramping up its operation to about 60 percent of its 210,000 barrels per day (bpd) name plate capacity, Warri refineries and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, production is projected to hit 80 per cent of its installed 125,000 bpd capacity.
Giving an insight into the rehabilitation exercise, Alegbe noted that the NNPC had to adopt the phased rehabilitation strategy after the Original Refinery Builders, ORB, who were initially contacted for the project came up with unfavourable terms.
He said: “Though a decision was taken in 2011 to rehabilitate all the refineries using the ORB of each of the refineries, we were impelled to switch strategy after the ORBs declined participation and nominated some partners in their stead who came up with outrageously unfavorable terms.”
He further stated that the nominated partners, as sole-bidders came up with humongous price offers after two years of thorough and exhaustive scope of work definition and price negotiations, adding that the proxies were also unwilling to provide post rehabilitation performance guarantees.
“The phased rehabilitation strategy which entailed phased and simultaneous rehabilitation of all the refineries using in-house and locally available resources in line with the spirit and letter of the Nigerian Content Law, also involved the use of Original Equipment Manufacturer representatives to effect major equipment overhaul and rehabilitation,” he explained.
He also stated that the phased rehabilitation programme, which started in October 2014 after the required funding stream was established created a 70 percent reduction in costs which helped largely in mitigating the financing challenges of refinery rehabilitation.
Alegbe further noted that with the successful re-streaming of the PHRC and WRPC, attention has now moved to the 110,000 barrels per day Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company which is billed to come on stream soon.
On Arepo pipeline fire
Commenting on the recovery of the Arepo pipeline, Alegbe stated that its team of engineers who were deployed to the scene of the incident was able to access the pipeline after the fire was put out and commenced repair work immediately.
He said: “We wish to announce that the vital System 2B pipeline which was breached at Arepo last week has been fixed and brought back on stream. Pumping of products through the system commenced on Monday upon successful completion of repair work over the weekend.
“We also wish to call on all those engaged in the criminal acts of pipeline sabotage and oil theft to desist in order to avoid such horrendous deaths as was witnessed in the recent incident.”
NNPC didn’t remit $11.63bn to FG Account, NEITI tells El Rufai
Meanwhile, Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, yesterday told Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State that between 2009 and 2012 alone, about 160 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7 billion was stolen under the watch of the NNPC.
Shamsuna who disclosed this when she paid a courtesy call on Governor El-Rufai then handed over to him a supposed dossier of corrupt practices by the NNPC.
El-Rufai is one of the four governors appointed by National Economic Council to scrutinise the accounts of the NNPC and the Excess Crude Account, ECA managed by the last administration to unravel N3.8 trillion not remitted to the Federation Account by the NNPC between 2012 and May 2015 as well as $2.1bn said to have been deducted from the ECA.
She said: “Between 2009 and 2012 alone, about 160 million barrels of oil valued at $13.7 billion was stolen under the NNPC watch. I am calling on the Federal Government to privatise the nation’s refineries. The subsidy payment from 2005 to 2012 showed that $11.631 billion has been paid to the NNPC, however there is no evidence of the money being remitted to the federation account.
“Crude Product Swap valued at $866 million was also lost from 2009 to 2011 and $8243 million in 2012. Total amount expended in subsidy payment from 2005 to 2012 as captured showed that $11.631 billion have been paid to the NNPC, however there is no evidence these amounts were remitted to the federation account.”
Responding, Governor El-Rufai said since he called for the scrapping of NNPC, the corporation has been sponsoring articles in the media to attack him but declared that he will continue to fight on till NNPC dies.
He said: “NNPC will pay all the monies it is owing before its final death. NNPC has become a monster and too powerful. I will continue to fight NNPC till it dies for Nigeria to survive. It is either Nigerians kill NNPC or NNPC will kill Nigeria.
“Since, I called for the death of NNPC, the corporation sponsored articles attacking me but I am telling them my skin is thicker than an elephant. The NNPC can’t bribe any of the four governors appointed to investigate it.”