The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed plans to extend the ongoing Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano (AKK) gas pipeline system through the Sahara to North Africa.
 
The Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru revealed this on Tuesday during a courtesy visit on him by the Executive of Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
 
The AKK gas pipeline which is designed to enable gas connectivity between the East, West and North of the country is currently inadequate.
 
According to Baru, the expansion plan was part of the corporation’s African integration drive to enable gas supply and utilization to key commercial centres in the Northern corridor of Nigeria.
 
Bark also noted that the Federal Government had plans to extend the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) to Morocco.
 
To achieve this, the country has entered an agreement with the northern African country in June 2018 to design a regional gas pipeline which would enable Nigeria to provide gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe.
 
The project, Nigeria – Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) would be a 5,660km design, capable of reducing gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country.
 
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has revealed that its trading surplus hit N12.13 billion for the month of December 2018.
 
This was contained in the monthly financial and operations report released on Sunday in Abuja.
 
The corporation’s upstream subsidiary, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) recorded a positive upswing of average production of 332,000 barrels of oil per day with the corporation targeting 500,000bpd production in 2020.
 
According to the reports, 257 pipeline points were vandalised within the month under review out of which one pipeline point failed to be welded and six pipeline points were ruptured.
 
NNPC recorded 197 breaches on its pipelines in November last year.
 
A total of 197 breaches were recorded on all pipelines in November out of which Ibadan-Ilorin, Mosimi-Ibadan, and Atlas Cove-Mosimi network accounted for 90, 69 and 57 compromised points respectively or approximately 34 per cent, 26 per cent and 22 per cent of the vandalised points respectively.
 
Aba-Enugu pipeline link accounted for seven per cent, with other locations accounting for the remaining 11 per cent of the pipeline breaks.
 
The report further states that 1.8 billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petroleum, translating to 58.17 million litres/day were supplied in the month under review.
 
The distribution of white products to its downstream subsidiaries rose from 1.09 billion litres in November to 1.96 billion litres in December.
 
1.94billion litres of the products were Petroleum, 0.007 billion litres of kerosene and 0.014 billion litres of diesel.
 
Total sale of white products for the period, December 2017 to December 2018, was 21.84 billion litres and PMS accounted for 20.17 billion litres or 92.36 per cent.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says severe penalty awaits anyone who default in the procument process in project execution in the corporation.

NNPC Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, also warned management and staff of the corporation against any action that contravened the provisions of the Public Procurement Act in the award of contracts.

He gave the warning on Wednesdsy in Abuja at a Supply Chain Management workshop for NNPC Procurement Managers.

Baru cautioned staff against contract splitting and accumulation, which he described as a deliberate act by procurement managers to subvert due process in the procurement process.

He noted that the corporation was commited to transparency in every aspect of its operations, adding that all procurements and contract awards in the corporation under his watch so far had been carried out in conformity with the Public Procurement Act.

The NNPC boss directed the Supply Chain Management Division to step up its level of monitoring of the various tender boards within the corporation for full compliance.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the early approval of the NNPC budget, assuring that as the chief revenue earner for the nation, NNPC was committed to the economic policies of the Federal Government.

“The whole essence of the next level is to ensure that things are done correctly and speedily for the benefit of the people”, the NNPC boss said in a statement.

Figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has shown that Nigeria earned a total of N5.54 trillion from oil and gas revenue in 2018.
 
According to the figures, the N5.54 trillion revenue was earned through crude oil/gas sales, petroleum profit tax/royalties and others.
 
A breakdown of the figure revealed that the sum of N1.28 trillion was earned in the first quarter, N1.38 trillion in the second, while N1.39 trillion and N1.46 trillion were in the third and fourth quarter respectively.
 
A further breakdown of the oil receipt showed that the first quarter N1.28 trillion revenue was earned through crude oil sales of N98.21 billion; PPT/royalties, N926.33 billion; and others, N263.51 billion, while for the second quarter, the N1.38 trillion revenue was earned through crude oil sale to the tune of N109.32 billion; PPT/royalties, N841.03 billion; and others, N447.7 billion.
 
In the third quarter, N104.49 billion was earned from crude oil sales, N914.56 billion from PPT/royalties and N375.14 billion from others.
 
In the fourth quarter, Nigeria earned the sum of N103.6 billion from crude oil sales, N1.04 trillion from PPT/royalties while N317.5 billion came in from other oil revenue sources.
 
Nigeria’s crude oil production including condensate has taken a dip, falling to 1.999 million barrels per day in January from 2.081 million bpd in December, figures from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has revealed.
 
This is contrary to a production benchmark of 2.3m bpd used for the 2019 budget estimates by the Federal Government.
 
However, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, in its latest monthly oil report released on Tuesday, said Nigeria’s oil production dropped to 1.687 million bpd in January from 1.797 million bpd.
 
It would be recalled that OPEC and 10 non-OPEC countries agreed in December to cut oil production by 1.2 million bpd effective from January for an initial period of six months to shore up what many expected to be weakening market fundamentals ahead.
 
Nigeria’s oil production was to be cut by 53,000 barrels to arrive at a new quota of 1.685 million bpd down from Nigeria reference production figure of 1.797m bpd.
 
The OPEC’s 14 members pumped 30.81 million bpd in January, down from 31.60 million bpd in December, according to its Monthly Oil Market Report.
 
Oil prices have recovered since December, when they fell to a 15-month low, with ICE Brent trading above $62 per barrel this week.
 
 
Source: The Ripples
Nigeria lost a total of N11.08 trillion in 2018 to the activities of oil thieves and illegal refining, the Nigerian Navy said on Tuesday.
 
According to the Navy, which stated this at its First Quarterly Media Dialogue in Abuja, 1,952 illegal crude oil refining sites in the Niger Delta were uncovered and subsequently destroyed by its troops in the region.
 
Navy’s Chief of Training and Operations, CTOPS, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri, who addressed the media, said the money was lost to maritime crimes,which he noted,included illegal oil refining and theft of other products.
 
While noting that illegal refining was a major threat to nation’s maritime environment, Kadiri said the activation of Operation Sweep by the service paid off.
 
He said: “Another threat to Nigerian maritime environment is illegal refining of crude oil.
 
“In response to this, in 2016, the Nigerian Navy activated what we call Operation River Sweep which is aimed at combating crude oil theft and illegal refining activities.
 
“In 2017, a total of 1,315 illegal refining sites were destroyed and in 2018,only 637 only were destroyed”, he said.
 
The nation, according to Kadiri, also lost a total of 277, 040 barrels of crude oil, 23.1 million litres of AGO, 212, 610 litres of PMS, and 1. 2 million litres of DPK to vandals and oil thieves.
 
 
Source: The Ripples
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has said it detained a Liquefied Petroleum Gas vessel, MT Navigator Capricorn, for contravening sections of the country’s cabotage Act as part of its efforts at clamping down on vessels that do not comply with the provisions of the Cabotage Compliance Strategy.
 
The agency said in a statement on Sunday: “The vessel was first boarded on October 2018 and all infractions of Cabotage non-compliance were noted and communicated accordingly to the charterer/owners representatives with a 90-day grace period to comply. The 90 days expired on January 31, 2019. It is noteworthy that the owners made an undertaking to remedy the notable infractions when the vessel was issued a detention warning in October 2018.
 
“While NIMASA is currently engaging the owners and charterers of the vessel on the need to comply with the laws of the land, MT Navigator Capricorn has been moved to the Lagos Anchorage to allow space for other LPG vessels to discharge at the NOJ Jetty.”
 
The New Cabotage Compliance Strategy, introduced in 2017 by NIMASA, is aimed at allowing more Nigerians to participate in the maritime sector and to prevent foreigners from engaging in jobs that Nigerians are qualified to execute.
 
Under the NCCS, waivers are denied shipping companies operating in Nigeria, who want to employ foreigners as second officers, second engineers, second mates, able seamen, ratings and stewards.
 
According to the Director-General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, special applications would be considered on merit, but on the condition that such organisation planned to train a Nigerian, and put in place a transition plan to ensure that the Nigerian took over the job within one year.
 
“There shall be no sacred cow when we commence clampdown on erring vessels. We want to increase the number of Nigerians who participate in the marine aspect of your business and we are working closely with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board to have a joint categorisation of vessels operating under the Cabotage Act in order to ensure the full implementation of the Act,” Peterside was quoted as saying in the statement.
 
 
Source: The Ripples
President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will soon commence drilling for a deeper search for oil and gas in the Benue Trough.
 
This, he said, is the next step following the commencement of drilling in the Kolmani River area, located within Bauchi and Gombe States.
 
President Buhari, who made the announcement on Wednesday while addressing traditional rulers at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Makurdi, Benue State, recalled that as Minister of Petroleum in the 70s, he had seen “very interesting seismic surveys” that promised oil and gas from the Chad Basin through the Benue Trough down to the Delta region.
 
He said for mostly commercial reasons, investment was directed to the Niger Delta given the promise of quicker results.
He narrated past efforts by him as Military Head of State to diversify the country’s sources of oil to strengthen its unity, promising that his administration will intensify efforts in this direction.
 
President Buhari welcomed the observation by the Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Professor James Ayatse, that peace had been restored to Benue State following the spike, sometimes back in farmers and herders’ clashes as well as the fact that the President had so far conducted a decent and peaceful campaign.
 
The President promised to look at requests for more roads, bridges and tertiary institutions made by the royal father.
 
Earlier, the Tor Tiv had expressed appreciation to President Buhari, “for the way and manner you have conducted peaceful campaign, no riots, no violence, setting good example. We had a challenging time in 2016. Thanks for your intervention, for accepting our appeal to step up security. Operation Whirl Strike has succeeded in chasing away violent herders.”
 
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom in his remarks, called for free and fair elections, urging all contestants to abide by the outcome.
 
 
Source: The Ripples
Crude oil production by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has increased by 57,000 barrels per day.
 
This was disclosed in the January 2019 edition of the NNPC newsletter by the Group Managing Director of national oil company, Dr. Maikanti Baru.
 
According to the NNPC, crude production by the NPDC increased from 108,000bpd in 2016 to 165,000bpd in 2017.
 
According to Baru, with the development, the NNPC was well on its way to meeting the 500,000bpd target by 2020, adding that the NPDC had been a key contributor to the consistent year-to-year national crude oil production growth, which had seen a steady rise from an average of 1.2 million barrels of oil per day in 2016 to 1.86mbpd in 2017 and 2.06mbpd in 2018.
 
“It is also worthy to note that NPDC’s equity production share closed at over 200,700bpd, representing about 10 per cent of the national daily production.
 
“Its (NPDC) last average weekly production of 332,000bpd makes the target of 500,000bpd for 2020 achievable”, Baru said.
 
The NNPC GMD also noted that with the NPDC’s supply of over 700 million standard cubic feet of gas per day to the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System, the company had become the largest gas supplier to the domestic market.
 
While giving reasons for NPDC’s achievements, Baru said they were due to the introduction of some initiatives such as the Asset Management Team structure, strategic financing and autonomy.
 
Others include the security architecture framework review of the company, which promoted cooperation with joint venture partners and enhanced the decision-making process.
 
“We will continue to pursue the growth plan to transform the NPDC to the premier upstream company in Nigeria and entire sub-Saharan Africa,” Baru said.
 
 
Source: NAN
The long awaited dream of oil and gas exploration in the northern part of Nigeria became a reality, as President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the spud-in of Kolmani River-II Well in Gongola Basin of Upper Benue Trough. 
 
Performing the flag off ceremony, Buhari said that in spite of the diversification of the nation’s economy by his administration as well as the dwindling oil price at the international market, the commodity was still essential to the country’s economic .survival. “Oil and  gas remains critical to the Nigerian economy of today and the future.
It remains key to the successful implementation of our budget at all levels of Government”, he said. “The golden era of high oil prices may not be here now but oil and gas resources remain the most immediate and practical keys to our aggressive efforts at diversifying the economy. “As important as it is to ensure that other critical sectors of the economy are supported to grow and contribute more to the Nation’s economy, we still need a virile oil and gas Industry to take care of the challenges of the moment and to invest for the future.”
 
The President described the event as remarkable, saying that it represented a promise kept by his administration. According to him, the next level was to ensure a sustained effort in oil exploration in all the frontier basins in the country, adding that a country with balanced resources distribution was imperative in the quest for industrialization. Earlier in his remarks, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said the project was the evidence of the commitment of the Buhari administration to expand the hydrocarbons reserve base of the country. He also expressed the readiness of the NNPC to resume oil exploration in the Chad basin as soon as the military gave the go-ahead in view of the insurgency activities in the area. Baru, however, appealed for patience, noting that oil exploration anywhere in the world required a lot of time. 
 
Despite finding 146ft of hydrocarbon sand in Kolmani River-1Well prospect estimated to contain about 33BCF of gas in the 90s the International Oil Companies (IOCs) failed to investigate deep targets and left the region on the excuse of non commercial quantity find.  Buhari on assumption of office in 2015 directed the NNPC to prioritize exploration efforts in the frontier basins in order to increase the national oil and gas reserves base and production. Though the NNPC failed to disclose the production estimate of Kolmani II, the agency said it would fulfill the nation’s ambition of attaining national oil reserves of 40 billion barrels of crude oil and production to three billion barrels per day by 2025. 
 
 
Source: NAN
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