FG To Stop Importation Of Petrol By 2023

 

The Federal Government has set a 2023 deadline to stop the importation of petrol into the country.

Nigeria, an oil-producing country has been heavily dependent on the importation of petroleum products since its four major oil refineries have been under-utilized.

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According to the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, while signing the Condensate refinery strategy programme Front End Engineering Design, the strategy is expected to deliver 20 million litres of Petrol when it’s completed.

Mr Kyari explained that President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned that as an oil-producing country, Nigeria is one of the highest importers of petrol in the world.

“For a country that has been producing oil for over 50 years, it is really a difficulty to explain why we are still importing petroleum products.

“We have a clear mandate of Mr. President to stop this and we believe this can be done between now and 2023; it is not a political deadline, it is a realistic, technical deadline that we can deliver on this.”

He listed strategies the corporation hopes to implement to achieve the deadline, including delivering on functional refineries, support to partners on projects that will make gasoline available in the country.

“First, we will deliver on our refineries to make them work and significant work has gone into that and we believe that we can deliver on this.

“Secondly, we will support our partners to deliver on their projects that will make gasoline and other products available which is essentially the many other refinery projects intervention that are going on that we know and we support all of them, particularly the Dangote refinery, we will help them in any way possible to support them to deliver on that.

“Thirdly, which is where we come in, in the upstream as we all know, we haven’t done well, we are busy exploring for oil-producing wells but we haven’t bothered to say what additional value we can add to this country and that’s where the condensate refinery comes in.

In 2017, the Federal Government planned to stop the importation of fuel by 2019 with the approval of a new National Oil Policy by the Federal Executive Council.

Video: Why CBN, FIRS, NNPC Are Excluded From IPPIS


The Director of Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) Mr. Olufehinti Olusegun has shed more light on why the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, and a few other agencies are not on their platform.

Mr. Olusegun explained that they are all revenue-generating agencies of the Federal Government who don’t get their personnel cost from the consolidated revenue funds.

The IPPIS boss who was on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday stated that the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari was decisive and it targeted Ministries, Department, and Agencies of Government who draw their cost from the consolidated revenue funds.

President Buhari, during the 2020 budget presentation to the joint session of the National Assembly, directed that all Federal Government workers yet to be captured in the IPPIS platform risk not being paid by the end of October 2019.

The directive generated a reaction, particularly from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who argued that they were not under the MDA’s and such arrangement will not fit into the university system.

“It is surprising because the President’s directive was direct and decisive that all MDA’s or institutions drawing their salaries from consolidated revenue funds which are a Federal Government account is to key into IPPIS.

“The government knows that all agencies cannot be brought in at a go, but for those who get their personnel cost from the consolidated revenue funds of the FG should be brought on board.

“For CBN, FIRS, NNPC they are revenue agencies who live on cost of collection; they are revenue-generating agencies to FG so they don’t draw from the consolidated revenue funds as of today.”

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He added that, “it is left to government to know what to do because it is a journey that has just started which FG believes the best way to save Nigeria scarce resources is to ensure these monies are not wasted through other means, that is why FG restricted it to consolidated revenue funds MDAs that come to request for funds.”

Mr. Olusegun revealed that between 2017 and 2018, the Federal Government realized over N273bn from MDAs and ASUU by association with the Ministry of Education, should be captured on the platform.

However, the President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, posited that going by the IPPIS arrangement, it will be impossible to welcome university scholars who come to add some support service to the system.

He said that the original design of IPPIS is meant for accountability in the civil services and universities are not part of core civil service.

“Universities welcome scholars who come for some support services to revitalise the system, but Nigeria, going by IPPIS arrangement, would not have room for that, even if a scholar in diaspora wants to come to Nigeria for one year sabbatical leave, bringing a lot of experience, the IPPIS arrangement will not accommodate such.

“IPPIS was originally designed as a program meant for professionalism and accountability in the civil service and universities are not part of MDAs of core civil service.”

No Fuel Scarcity This Yuletide – FG

 

The Federal Government has assured that there will be no scarcity of Petroleum Products during this yuletide.

The assurance was given by top Federal government officials during a meeting in Abuja with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.

The meeting, which was held at the Presidential Villa, was chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.

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The group managing director of the NNPC, the Minister of Works and Housing, the Inspector General of Police, and others, after the meeting reeled out all the plans in place to ensure a yuletide with no scarcity of petroleum products.

“We are here today to take stock of our readiness for the festive period, particularly in terms of supplies and distribution of petroleum products across the country, so that this festive period will be enjoyed by Nigerians without any hitch, particularly during the Christmas and New Year.

“We are assuring Nigerians that the NNPC has made arrangement to make adequate supply of petroleum products. If there are any issue, we have come together with other agencies of government to ensure those issues are resolved to ensure Nigerians have a very merry Christmas this year,” NNPC GMD Mr Mele Kyari said.

Also during the meeting, security plans and palliatives by the Ministry of Works and Housing to ensure safe journeys were discussed.

Fashola revealing the palliatives for roads said, “The Ministry of Works and Housing has a supporting role to play here. While construction work is ongoing on some of the routes used for moving cargo, we have met with our contractors and directed them to provide some palliatives to ease the movement of trucks and tankers.

“Some of these routes include Benin-Auchi-Okene; Warri-Sapele-Benin; Ilorin-Jebba Road; and Calabar-Itu Road.

“This is essentially to say we are giving everybody the support we can to ease the problem of moving fuel during the period.”

On the security plans for the season, the IG said adequate personnel would be deployed to beef up security during and after the season.

“December is a festive period, a period when Nigerians in the diaspora will be coming to their homeland with their families. It is expected that every Nigerian is provided with adequate security for his life and property.

“We have increased the labour of security and dedicated some officers to make sure that products are moved freely without any attempt to divert products from where that are supposed to go.”

Other stakeholders present at the meeting were the National Association of Road Transport Owners and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.

NNPC Retail Limited Enters Lubricants Market with Nitro, Rhino Engine Oils

NNPC To Recover Missing Petrol Worth Over 130m Litres

 

 

After years of painstaking research and meticulous planning, NNPC Retail Limited, the Downstream Subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in charge of retail sales and marketing of petroleum products, Thursday in Abuja, commenced a promising entry into the lubricant market with the unveiling of a broad range of high performance engine oils to provide better options to customers across the country.

The package has on offer Nitro (Diamond, Gold, Super, 2T) and Nitro Super 40, all designed for petrol-power engines, while the diesel propelled engines have the Rhino (Rhino HD40 & Rhino X) engine oils.

The event which took place at the Amphitheatre of the NNPC Towers in Abuja was presided over by Mallam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Corporation, in the presence of highly elated crowd made up of management and staff of NNPC Retail Limited as well as dealers and representatives of the 380 NNPC Downstream subsidiary company’s outlets across Nigeria.

Unveiling the products, Mallam Kyari said the entry of NNPC into the lubricant market was to ensure that the corporation opened up new areas of revenue generation while ensuring stakeholders reaped bountifully from the participation of the corporation in the entire value chain of the Oil and Gas Industry.

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The GMD said NNPC Retail Limited had a history of accuracy, saying when it sold a litre of product, the customers actually got a litre.

He stated that over time, the company had built trust in customers, expressing the expectation that it would not only maintain the trust, but also carried it into the lubricant business to give Nigerians value for money.

He assured that the NNPC would continue to provide the needed support and encouragement to its Retail unit to keep up the required standards and fulfil its mandate and obligation to stakeholders.

Engr. Yemi Adetunji, Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, whose unit superintends the operations of NNPC Retail Limited, expressed confidence that the entry of the company into the engine oil market would provide refreshing options to customers. He informed that the new products have all the required ISO certification, noting that the company would take full advantage of its massive outreach across Nigeria to push the products to all corners of the country.

He said the coming of NNPC lubricants would bring prosperity to all stakeholders.

“Its prosperity for our partners, prosperity for NNPC Retail Limited, prosperity for NNPC and prosperity for all Nigerians who now have a product they can truly call their own,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Sir. Billy Okoye, Managing Director of NNPC Retail Limited, said though the products had been in the offing for such a long period, the wait was worthwhile because NNPC Retail Limited took advantage of the period to consolidate research on the lubricant.

He informed that come February next year, the lubricants would be available in all the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, declaring that dealers and stakeholders have been fully mobilized in this regard.

Plans Concluded To Begin Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Pipeline Project – NNPC

A file photo of NNPC Group Managing Director, Mr Mele Kyari.

 

 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has concluded plans for the commencement of work on the Abuja-Kaduna- Kano pipeline project, popularly known as AKK Project.

A statement by NNPC’s acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Samson Makoji, noted that the project would be executed in collaboration with China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited (CPPECL) and Brantex Consortium.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, according to the statement gave this indication when he received the President of CPPECL, Sun Quanjun, and the head of the Brantex Consortium on Wednesday at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.

Kyari stated that the AKK project was key to resolving the power deficit challenge of the country, stressing that NNPC was ready to give all necessary support to CPPECL and Brantex Consortium to deliver the project within time and within budget.

He explained that the AKK project was very important to the nation and urged the China Pipeline Company to use it as a platform for other bigger opportunities in the oil and gas industry pipeline projects.

The NNPC boss said, “We think you can deliver on the AKK project. If you execute the AKK project, we will also support your company to grow her imprint in Nigeria.

“I assure you that this partnership will be beneficial to us all and deliver value for the Nigerian people.”

Earlier, Mr Quanjun said his company and Brantex Consortium were prepared to deliver on the AKK project, stressing that it would deploy its new pipeline technology system capable of guaranteeing the integrity of the project for several decades to come.

He added that his company would also establish a training facility in Nigeria that would help in the training and retraining of its employees here.

The CPPECL President also gave assurance that his company had one of the best pipeline training centres in China.

Finance Bill: FIRS, NNPC, Customs, Others Must ‘Sit Up’ – Senate

A file photo of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) office in Abuja. Photo: Twitter- @firsNigeria

 

 

The Senate has asked agencies of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of generating revenues to be more efficient in discharging their duties.

Such agencies include the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and the Nigeria Customs Services among others.

President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, stated this during plenary on Thursday shortly after lawmakers in the upper chamber of the National Assembly passed the Finance Bill.

“The revenue-generating agencies will have to sit up; the Senate will be mounting a lot of oversight on the revenue agencies,” he said.

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The bill seeks to amend six tax provisions and make them more responsive to tax reform policies and the Customs and Excise Tariff Act to encourage local manufacturers.

The legislations under it include Companies Income Tax, Value Added Tax, Customs and Excise Tariff, Capital Gains Tax Act, Petroleum Profit Tax, Personal Income Tax, and Stamp Duties Act.

The billed was passed after it was read for the third time on the floor of the Senate, following the presentation of the report of the Senate Committee on Finance by Senator Adeola Solomon.

Addressing his colleagues after they shared their various perspectives on the effects of the bill on the nation and its people, the Senate President explained that the bill aims to help Nigeria generate more revenues.

He said, “Let me thank all of us for passing the seven Acts in the Finance Bill to ensure that we streamline the tax system in Nigeria and ensure that we get revenue for the government to provide infrastructure for this country.

“What we have done is very significant because this is to ensure that we not only have sources of funding for the 2020 Budget but also for subsequent activities of the government.”

“We must ensure that any agency that is charged with generating revenue must discharge its function judiciously.

“What we have done is to create more revenue to provide infrastructure for the Nigerian people,” Senate President Lawan stated.

Yuletide: NNPC Promises To Sustain Products Sufficiency Nationwide

Images from GMD @NNPCgroup Mallam @MKKyari’s visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu, where the Governor assured the GMD of LASG’s support towards tackling infrastructure challenges at the Ijegun-Egba axis of the State.

 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says it has made adequate preparations for a yuletide in which petroleum products will be in abundance across the nation. 

This is according to the Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari.

Mallam Kyari disclosed this during separate visits to tank farms at the Ijegun-Egba corridor, as well as the Lagos State Government House in Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday.

Mr Kyari said as an enabler organisation to the Nigerian economy which also guarantees national energy security, the NNPC would continue to partner with stakeholders such as the Lagos Government, to sustain the current seamless supply and distribution of products nationwide, going into the Yuletide period.

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“As a responsible corporate citizen, NNPC and its partners in the Downstream have made adequate preparations, and our plan is robust and we foresee a very hitch-free Christmas full of products, well into the New Year,” Kyari assured.

While addressing tank farms operators at the Ijegun-Egba area, Kyari lauded their initiative to pull resources together to fix the Ijegun Road leading to the tank farms to ease movement of trucks in the area.

Mallam Kyari said although it was a palliative arrangement, the NNPC and its stakeholders would put heads together to provide a permanent solution to the problems.

Reacting to the GMD’s visit, Governor Babajide Sanwolu, expressed his support to NNPC and its stakeholders’ initiative to tackle the infrastructure challenges, not only at the Ijegun-Egba, but the entire state, adding that his administration would leave no stone unturned in tackling the challenges.

“This is the first time all the stakeholders are coming together to have a long-term view of the situation. We will do everything that is required to ensure that everything goes well on that entire corridor,” Sanwolu stated.

Also speaking, Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya, expressed the National Assembly’s support to the initiative.

At the palace of the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Oba Rilwan Akiolu I, called on International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the Country to do more Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in their areas of operations.

Other stakeholders on the GMD’s entourage were the National President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Williams Akporeha and the Chairman, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Unit of NUPENG, Comrade Salimon Oladiti.

Oil Worth $42bn Stolen In Nigeria Within Nine Years – NEITI

 

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has said that Nigeria lost about $42 billion to crude theft as well as domestic and refined petroleum products losses between 2009 and 2018.

This is according to the latest edition NEITI’s Policy Brief titled “Stemming the Increasing Cost of Oil Theft to Nigeria” published Wednesday in Abuja.

In its brief, the NEITI gave a detailed breakdown of what the nation had lost including $38.5 billion on crude theft alone and $1.6 billion on domestic crude and another $1.8 billion on refined petroleum products.

NEITI also stated that Nigeria loses an average of $11 million daily, $349 million in a month and about $4.2 billion annually to crude and product losses arising from stealing, process lapses and pipeline vandalism.

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These loses were blamed on the failure of the Nigerian government to adopt the oil fingerprinting technology as well as the lack of qualitative metering instruments at the various facilities across the country.

The report states that oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities have deeply affected the lives of people living within the environments where oil facilities are mounted.

In recommending solutions to oil theft across Nigeria, NEITI said adequate legal sanctions should be handed anyone found wanting or involved in oil theft and other oil related crimes.

Deployment of modern technology to tackle oil leakages was also proffered.

NNPC Signs MoU With Russian Oil Company, Lukeoil

 

Nigeria and Russia Thursday in Sochi, Russia, signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will enable both countries’ oil giants, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Russia’s Lukeoil to elevate commercial relationship to a government-to-government backed partnership.

With the signing of the MoU, NNPC and Lukeoil will work together in upstream operations and revamp Nigeria’s refineries.

Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari and Vagit Alekperov, President of leading Russian oil company, Lukeoil, signed the MoU, which entails cooperation in deep offshore exploration of oil in Nigeria, production, trading and refining.

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The signing ceremony, which took place on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit, was witnessed by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

Earlier in his remarks at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Lenin, President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria was prepared and willing to work with Russian businesses “to improve the efficiency of our oil and gas sector which provides us with the much-needed capital to invest in our security, infrastructure and economic diversification programmes”.

While taking note of the agreement between NNPC and Lukeoil, President Buhari gave an assurance that his administration will “ensure this initiative is implemented within the shortest possible time.”

 

FG Targets Oil Production Of Three Million Barrels Per Day

 

The Federal Government has said that a target of three million barrels per day of oil production has been set and steps are being taken to realise it before the end of 2023.

This is according to the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kyari, at a meeting with the House of Representatives committee on petroleum upstream.

Mr. Kyari added that a target of 40 million barrels of reserves has also been set and the possibilities of achieving them are high due to the several interventions being explored by the government.

“The national target of three million barrels per day of daily production and 40 million barrels of reserves has not been attained, we are much focused today, we know it is possible, we have taken steps to realise this before the end of 2023.

“A number of interventions are ongoing, including our elaborate intrusion into the frontier basins which we announced oil discovery in the Gongola basin, and we expect many more to happen including the Anambra platform and some part of Benue, Bida and Chad basin.”

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The NNPC boss stated that the failure of having refineries across the country owes fully to the inability of the Government to take care of them and no excuse is tenable for such.

“The refineries didn’t fail because there were no skilled people; they failed because we are unable to take care of the refineries and we don’t want to give excuses why we didn’t take care of it, you can blame anyone, but what we have decided to do is to make them work.”

He added: “There is no scarcity of skilled people, the will is there and our plan subsequently will be made available and I assure you that the plans we have in place will make them work and it will deliver the refineries; we have the best refiners in the world.”

NNPC Discovers Hydrocarbon Deposits In Benue

NNPC To Recover Missing Petrol Worth Over 130m Litres

 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the discovery of hydrocarbon deposits in the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, in the North-Eastern part of the country.

It would be recalled that drilling of the Kolmani River II Well was flagged-off in a colourful ceremony by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2nd of February, 2019.

A press release by the Corporation’s Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Samson Makoji, stated that NNPC acquired 435.54km2 of 3D Seismic Data over Kolmani Prospect in the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin.

This was to evaluate Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) Kolmani River 1 Well Discovery of 33 BCF and explore deeper levels.

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The well was drilled with “IKENGA RIG 101” to a total depth of 13,701feet encountering oil and gas in several levels. A Drill Stem Test (DST) is currently on-going to confirm the commercial viability and flow of the Kolmani River reservoirs.

The Corporation explained that on Thursday 10th October, 2019, at 18:02hours, one of the reservoirs was perforated and hydrocarbon started flowing to the well head at 21:20hours in which the gas component was flared to prevent air charge around the Rig.

Preliminary reports indicate that the discovery consists of gas, condensate and light sweet oil of API gravity ranging from 38 to 41 found in stacked siliciclastic cretaceous reservoirs of Yolde, Bima Sandstone and Pre-Bima formations.
Computation of hydrocarbon volume is on-going and will be announced in due course.

The Corporation has also acquired additional 1183km2 of 3D seismic data over highly prospective areas of Gongola Basin with a view to evaluating the full hydrocarbon potential of the Basin.

NNPC has deployed world class cutting-edge technologies including Surface Geochemistry, Ground Gravity/Magnetic, Stress Field Detection, Full Tensor Gradiometry aerial surveys to de-risk exploration in the frontier basins.

The NNPC plans to drill additional wells for full evaluation of the hydrocarbon volume in the Gongola Basin.

It would be recalled that during the spud-in ceremony of Kolmani River II, President Muhammadu stated the commitment of his administration to the exploration for Oil and Gas in the frontier basins in the entire length and breadth of the country. The basins include: the Benue Trough, Chad Basin, Sokoto and Bida Basins.

He also stated that attention would be given to the Dahomey and Anambra Basins which have already witnessed oil and gas discoveries.

The discovery of oil and gas in commercial quantity in the Gongola Basin will attract foreign investment, generate employment for people to earn income and increase government revenues.

 

NNPC To Begin Full Rehab of All Refineries In January, Says Kyari

 

The nation’s refineries, located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna, will roar to live to refine crude oil at optimum capacity come 2022, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has assured.

NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, who disclosed this Saturday during a facilities tour of the Port-Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company (PHRC), stated that full rehabilitation of the plants would commence January, 2020.

A release by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said the NNPC helmsman’s visit to the refinery was part of his strong determination and commitment to ensure that the nation’s refineries deliver real time value and address the petroleum needs of Nigerians.

Mallam Kyari said making the refineries to operate at optimal capacities was a mandate that NNPC as a corporation would leave no stone unturned to actualize, saying a timely delivery of the asset was a priority.

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“We will stick to time, we will deliver this project by 2022. We will commence actual rehabilitation work in January. We will do everything possible between October and December to close out all necessary conditions for us to deliver on that project. I believe that with the support that we have from the shareholders – government of this country, the entire staff of this company and the contractors, I believe it is doable and we will deliver the project”, the GMD said.

He tasked the contractors on the need to consider their reputation as most critical element in business processes and engagements.

“It’s no longer about business now, but a reputational issue. For the original builders of the refinery, Tecmmont, Eni/NAOC and NNPC, let us be conscious of the fact that our reputation is at stake as far as this project is concerned. The NNPC leadership has promised this country that our refineries will work, therefore, we must work not to disappoint over 200million Nigerian stakeholders”.

The NNPC boss challenged the PHRC management to ensure that the nation’s indigenous engineers and other professionals working in the refinery are fully engaged to participate actively during the rehabilitation exercise and own the process.

According to the GMD, the involvement of the indigenous workers will build capacity, save cost and introduce an era of steady and uninterrupted production curve that will grow the oil and Gas Industry.

In his presentation on the progress and milestones on Phase 1 of the projects, the Tecmmont Project Manager, Mr. La Mattina Carmelo, informed that the Inspection aspect of the project has progressed to 91% and Final Report and EPC Proposal stood at 75%, adding that his company would deliver the first phase of the rehabilitation within three weeks from now.

He assured that there were no challenges as the project was progressing efficiently, pledging to offer its best services to ensure a timely delivery.

In the same vein, the project consulting company, Eni/NAOC, represented by the its project manager, Daniele Tamburini, confirmed that the work done so far by the NNPC and Tecmmont complied with global standard.

Tamburini said his company was ready to receive the full report of the scoping for final assessment and support the corporation to deliver the project in record time, saying that the initiative was a good business for Nigeria.

Earlier in his address, the Managing Director of the PHRC, Mr. Abba Bukar, expressed appreciation to the GMD for his deep commitment in ensuring that the refinery works for the benefit of Nigerians.