OML 30:Heritage Energy,JV Partners Handover Upgraded Igbide Primary Health Care Centre

Mohammed Shosanya

Heritage Energy Operation Services Limited (HEOSL) and the Joint Venture Partners of OML 30,have handed over the Community Primary Health Care Centre Egbo-Igbide, which they recently renovated and upgraded, to the Isoko South Local Government Council.

At the ceremony,the HEOSL General Manager, Government, Joint Venture and External Relations, Mr. Adesola Adebawo congratulated the Igbide people and the Primary Health Care Development Agency.

According to him,the day’s event was another demonstration of the Company’s dedication to the well-being and progress of the 112 Host Communities of OML 30 in Delta State.

He said, “the commissioning of the Primary Health Care Facility is particularly special as it is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Goal 3 of the United Nations which states that: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well being of all at all ages”. He added that HEOSL has contributed significantly to health infrastructural development through the renovation projects of both Erhoike Cottage Hospital and now Egbo- Igbide Primary Health Care Centre.

Mr. Adebawo said HEOSL also has robust interventions around education and economic empowerment amongst others. He appreciated the Delta State Government for partnering with the company on this journey to add value to the life of the people in the 112 Host Communities of OML 30 and beyond.

The NNPC, Production & Exploration Limited (NEPL), Community Relations Manager, Alhaji Dahiru Abubakar, represented by Mr. Oghenero Omowhara appreciated the Community for strong collaboration with the Operator and expressed NEPL’s commitment to support such developmental projects that will impact the lives of the Host Communities positively.

In her goodwill message on the occasion, the General Counsel/ GM ; External Communications, Shoreline Natural Resources Limited (SNRL) Mrs Lara Coker, who was represented by Barr. Abasiama Umohata expressed deep gratitude to their senior JV Partner, NNPC E&P Limited for the collaboration that has been instrumental in the transformation of OML 30 Assets. According to the General Manager, the OML 30 Assets is precious, inspiring and fostering robust relationship with all Stakeholders and relevant agencies.

Earlier on,the President General of Igbide Community, Mr. Ugolo Egbaoghene in his welcome speech said the event is a prayer answered, according to him, “the community has suffered some medical challenges which necessitated and gave birth to this intervention supported by the OML 30 JV”.

He added that, on several occasions pregnant women with minor complications were referred to other Health Centres. When these health challenges were reported to HEOSL in one of the several engagements, they sought the support of the OML 30 JV and they deemed it fit to improve on the standard and medical facilities of the Egbo-Igbide Primary Healthcare Centre.

Highlights of the event was the official commissioning and handling over of the Upgraded Primary Health Centre followed by a tour of the facility.

NCDMB,Mozambique Share Knowledge On Local Content

Mayowa Balogun

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has concluded a two-day Local Content development experience-sharing session with a delegation from Mozambique’s national oil company, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH).

The development follows Nigeria’s leadership role in the development of Local Content in Africa.

The engagement was held on the sidelines of the 8th Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference, in Lagos.

NCDMB’s delegation was led by the Executive Secretary, Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe, while Mozambique’s team was led by the Chairman of Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, Mr. Estevao Rafeal Pale,a statement said.

According to the statement,the experience-sharing session was facilitated by Aberdeen Global Strategies & Solutions, under the leadership of Dr. Mark Osa Igiehon, who consults for ENH Mozambique.

Speaking,the Executive Secretary conveyed NCDMB’s commitment to supporting African oil-producing nations in developing and implementing local content policies as a strategy for improving indigenous participation and value optimization from hydrocarbons and mineral resources.

He lauded the giant strides recorded by Mozambique in its gas sector and advised against repeating the mistakes made by Nigeria in the early years of its oil and gas industry.

Represented by the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, NCDMB, Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu, the Executive Secretary explained that every oil and gas-producing nation must choose to either focus on optimizing revenue generation or maximizing in-country value from the activities of the industry.

He stated that the revenue generation option encourages oil and gas operators to seek the cheapest and fastest route to first oil, while the Government collects maximum revenue in the form of taxes and royalties for development and pays little attention to value addition from industry operations.

He explained that the alternative option focuses on maximizing in-country value and promoting the development and use of local capacities. This model obligates operators in the industry to consider long-term value, while the Government takes lower revenue in exchange for higher in-country value and pays greater attention to life-cycle support for operators.

Speaking further, the NCDMB boss listed key parameters that are critical to in-country value addition and growth of the oil and gas sector on a sustainable basis.

These factors are regulatory framework, gap analysis,capacity building,funding and incentives,research and development,and access to market.

He hinted that a Local Content policy backed with appropriate legislation is very fundamental in local content practice, adding that baseline and periodic gap analyses are essential to determine gaps that need to be closed in the areas of skills, facilities and infrastructure.

He also stressed the need to develop in-country capacities and capabilities and utilise them through oil and gas projects.

The knowledge-sharing programme also featured a presentation on Funds and Funding of NCDMB​, delivered by the Director of Finance and Personnel Management, NCDMB​, Dr. Obinna Ofili.

The Director was represented by the Head, Credit Analysis and Risk Management, Mrs. Chika Enwerem–Okidi, and underlined the need for dedicated funding that would be applied to developing local content in the oil sector.

The Director mentioned that the Nigerian Content Development Fund (NCDF) is provided for in section 104 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act and is contributed by 1% of every contract awarded in the upstream section of the oil and gas industry.

He added that the NCDF has been deployed in several successful projects, including the building of human and material capacities, the $350 million Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, the ongoing development of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks Scheme (NOGAPS), the construction of the NCDMB 17-story corporate headquarters, and 3rd party investments, many of which created jobs for Nigerians and yield interest for the Board.

The second day of the knowledge-sharing programme featured presentations on the operating framework for planning, research and statistics, capacity building, projects certification and authorization and monitoring and evaluation.

The Director of Projects Certification and Authorization, Engr. Abayomi Bamidele highlighted NCDMB’s role in the award of contracts for oil and gas projects and how opportunities are captured for the local economy, using the Nigerian Content Plan and the Contracting Strategy submitted by operating companies for the Board’s review and approval.

He underlined that local content should be promoted as a national agenda for every country and the right data must be collected to establish current realities and gaps to the target.

He emphasised the need for in-country capacity building based on areas of strengths and weaknesses as well as continuous projects to keep the developed capacities engaged.

The knowledge-sharing programme was very interactive and the Mozambican officials sought clarifications on the Board’s model of enforcing Local Content Compliance,monitoring projects, supervising third-party investments, and many other areas.

The programme was convened in line with the Sectorial and Regional Market Linkage Pillar of the Nigerian Content 10-year strategic roadmap.

The roadmap requires NCDMB to support other African oil-producing countries and to develop new markets and partnership opportunities for the benefit of competent Nigerian operating and oil service companies.

Strike: MEMAN Denies Rift With Transport Unions

Mercy Salawu

The Major Energies Marketers Association of Nigeria (MEMAN) has said there’s no conflict between its members and the transport unions.

The clarification came on the heels of strike initiated by the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) which started on Monday.

A statement from the association said,Individual marketers are in discussions with their transporters for fair rates, adhering to the Petroleum Industry Act and FCCPC Act, which prohibits jointly setting rates.

It added:Pump price deregulation promotes healthy competition, encouraging cost-reduction measures for better customer value. It’s a gradual process that requires time for full price recovery and market competition.

“All stakeholders, including operators and MDAs, must collaborate to optimize the supply chain for affordability amid the challenging environment. MEMAN and its members recognize the industry’s complexities and commits to sustainable solutions in cooperation with relevant stakeholders”

Oil Markerters:Nigeria’s Hostile Economic Environment Will Collapse Our Business

Mohammed Shosanya

The National President, Nigerian Gas and Oil Suppliers Association (NOGASA),has lamented that Nigeria’s hostile economic environment will collapse its operation.

Its President,Chief Bennett Korie,who disclosed this at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja,blamed the rising cost of diesel and the high dollar rate for the worsening petrol price in the country.

He warned that should the Federal Government fail to address the challenges, the hostile business environment will naturally liquidate marketers of petrol to fold up before the end of February 2024.

He implored the Federal Government to impose price regulation on Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) diesel, proposing capping its pump price similar to that of petrol.

He said: “Fix that diesel problem then PMS will be stable. If NNPCL will keep the PMS Price from June to date, is there anything wrong with doing it for AGO?

“So, let the government, if the government wants to be fair, wants to do the deregulation proper, the diesel too should go the same way PMS is going.

“Heavens will not fall if you sell AGO N650/litre. The same magic that they have in PMS, the government should apply it on AGO, and then you should see things ease.”

He urged the government to adopt the N750/$ 2024 Budget exchange rate benchmark as its official exchange rate in order to tame the worsening exchange rate crisis.

He disclosed that most private refineries including the modular ones are afraid to commence production because they are not sure of the price to fix.

According to him,some agencies as the Nigeria Ports Authority and the Nigerian Maritime and Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are still collecting their payments in dollars to aggravate the forex challenge.

He urged the government to intervene in the bank interest rate, which is also accountable for the current hostile business environment in the country.

He also advised the government to do all its domestic crude oil transactions in Naira to lessen the scarcity of dollar.

On how to adopt the Naira as the currency for crude oil business in the country, he said: “If you are buying crude oil from the government you pay in dollar so how are you rate how much you are going to sell how much it is going to be tomorrow. So, it is going to affect you tomorrow.

“If we have one price from the government then when you are buying crude oil from the government, from NNPCL, you multiply it by the government rate and then you convert Naira and begin to sell to Nigeria in Naira.”

He also urged the Federal Government to pay the outstanding bridging claims to marketers,adding that the government should “reintroduce and strengthen the Petroleum Equalization Fund to enable marketers to recoup and reinvest their funds for the benefit of the industry and economy.”

Korie also urged the government to fix the roads in the country in other to reduce the tear and wear of the trucks

Nigeria’s Oil Industry Attracts Billion Dollar Capex -NUPRC

Mohammed Shosanya

Nigeria recorded capital expenditure (Capex) worth billions of dollars within the last two and a half years characterised by the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

Chief Executive of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, stated this recently in Lagos after receiving The Sun Public Service Award 2023, during the newspaper’s 21st Anniversary Award Dinner.

Speaking after receiving his award, the commission chief executive said the award would further encourage him and his team to be more dedicated to the service of the nation.

Revealing that he had received over 40 different awards in the last one year, Komolafe noted that awards signified the reward mechanism in the society, stressing that when the resourceful ones were rewarded, it further inspires others to be resourceful and contribute to the task of nation-building.

“First, let me seize this opportunity to thank the management and staff of The Sun for honouring me with this award. Indeed, in the last one year, I’ve received over 40 awards. But this award will further encourage us to dedicate ourselves to the service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Like the Chairman of the occasion mentioned in his speech, the task of nation building is a collective effort. It is not for people in government alone. It is actually for all the citizenry. And this award speaks to the reward mechanism in our society. When the resourceful ones are rewarded, it further inspires others to be resourceful and contribute to the task of nation building”, Komolafe said.

He dedicated the award to his darling wife and other members of the commission.

Specifically to the oil and gas industry and the mandate of the commission, he said since their resumption at the NUPRC in the last two and a half years as pioneer staff and management, they have dedicated themselves to the service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to him, the team had been discharging their duties silently and assiduously in ensuring the implementation of their statutory mandate effectively, resulting to the success stories being told.

However, Komolafe revealed that the country has recorded capital expenditure (Capex) worth billions of dollars within the last two and a half years of the implementation of the PIA, coupled with the enabling regulations being churned out and implemented by the commission.

From the feedback received from the industry, he said the country now has about 30 rigs in its upstream oil and gas sector, against 11 active rigs in 2011, attributing the significant improvement to the restoration of investors’ confidence in the industry.

Komolafe explained, “That is huge success for us, and you know that rig count is a measure of vibrant activities in the oil industry. We have been able to attract confidence, certainty, predictability into the Industry.

“If you check, we’ve attracted Capex going into billions of dollars into the Nigerian upstream. So, gradually, we are happy that we have success stories to tell just in about less than two and half years, and while doing this with my dedicated team, we never knew that people were watching.

“So, what you have seen today is a message that the Nigerian society are watching and that the award will further serve to propel us to higher service in the service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Explaining further, the commission chief executive said NUPRC had churned out over 17 regulations with the objective of giving meaning to the intent of the PIA.

He said these regulations serve as regulatory tools to ensure certainty and predictability in the activities of the industry as against pre-PIA regime.

He said the “oil industry is now in an era of post-PIA regime where we proudly would say that, now, there is certainty and attraction of investors’ confidence.”

Nigeria’s Rig Count Rises To 30

Mohammed Shosanya

Nigeria’s rig count,a major index of measuring activities in the upstream sector,has rose to 30,against 11 active rigs in 2011 in the country.

Chief Executive of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Mr. Gbenga Komolafe,disclosed this at the weekend in Lagos after receiving The Sun Public Service Award 2023, during the newspaper’s 21st Anniversary Award Dinner.

He attributed the growth in rig count to the significant improvement to the restoration of investors’ confidence in the industry.

Komolafe explained, “That is huge success for us, and you know that rig count is a measure of vibrant activities in the oil industry. We have been able to attract confidence, certainty, predictability into the Industry.

“If you check, we’ve attracted Capex going into billions of dollars into the Nigerian upstream. So, gradually, we are happy that we have success stories to tell just in about less than two and half years, and while doing this with my dedicated team, we never knew that people were watching.

“So, what you have seen today is a message that the Nigerian society are watching and that the award will further serve to propel us to higher service in the service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Explaining further, the commission chief executive said NUPRC had churned out over 17 regulations with the objective of giving meaning to the intent of the PIA.

He said these regulations serve as regulatory tools to ensure certainty and predictability in the activities of the industry as against pre-PIA regime.

He said the “oil industry is now in an era of post-PIA regime where we proudly would say that, now, there is certainty and attraction of investors’ confidence.”

He said the award would further encourage him and his team to be more dedicated to the service of the nation.

Disclosing that he had received over 40 different awards in the last one year, Komolafe noted that awards signified the reward mechanism in the society, stressing that when the resourceful ones were rewarded, it further inspires others to be resourceful and contribute to the task of nation-building.

“First, let me seize this opportunity to thank the management and staff of The Sun for honouring me with this award. Indeed, in the last one year, I’ve received over 40 awards. But this award will further encourage us to dedicate ourselves to the service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Like the Chairman of the occasion mentioned in his speech, the task of nation building is a collective effort. It is not for people in government alone. It is actually for all the citizenry. And this award speaks to the reward mechanism in our society. When the resourceful ones are rewarded, it further inspires others to be resourceful and contribute to the task of nation building”, Komolafe said.

He dedicated the award to his darling wife and other members of the commission.

Specifically to the oil and gas industry and the mandate of the commission, he said since their resumption at the NUPRC in the last two and a half years as pioneer staff and management, they have dedicated themselves to the service of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to him,the team had been discharging their duties silently and assiduously in ensuring the implementation of their statutory mandate effectively, resulting to the success stories being told.

Komolafe revealed that the country has recorded capital expenditure (Capex) worth billions of dollars within the last two and a half years of the implementation of the PIA, coupled with the enabling regulations being churned out and implemented by the commission.

NNPC Ltd/Total Energies JV Achieves Zero Gas Flare

Mohammed Shosanya

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited/ TotalEnergies Joint Venture has achieved zero routine gas flare in all its assets.

The development is in pursuit of meeting the targets of 20% (unconditional) and 47% (condrtional) greenhouse gas emission reduction as contained in the Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Accord signed by the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration.

The achievement is conveyed in a statement made available to newsmen by Olufemi Soneye, the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Limited.

This feat was announced on Thursday during an inspection tour of OML 100 tn Southeastern Niger Delta, off Port Harcourt, by a joint NNPC Ltd and TotalEnergres Team to ascertain the success of the OML Flare Reduction Project launched in December 2023.

The NNPC Ltd/TotalEnergies Joint Venture, which is the concesston holder of four leases, ha d hitherto achieved zero routine flaring across OML 99 (2006), OML 102 (2014), and OML 58 (2016), leaving OML 100 as the only lease with routine flaring going on.

According to the statement,the significance of this achievement is that the last routine flare volume of about 12MMscf/d (twelve million standard cubic feet per day) of gas has now been eliminated giving rise to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of about 341KtCO,e/ yr.

It said,the achievement is an outcome of a programme introduced by the NNPC Ltd to galvanize action towards achieving the zero routine flare by 2030 across Its portfolio of assets.

It added:”It is also a testament to NNPC Ltd’s prioritization of sustainability anchored on the ‘first R’ of its 5R Strategy (Reduce, Replace, Renew, Re-plant, Repurpose), as it strives to reduce its carbon footprint.

“Work is ongoing across all other assets within NNPC Ltd’s Upstream Directorate to ensure that all assets achieve zero routine flaring by 2030 or earlier”.

AfCFTA: NCDMB Advocates Simplification Of Cross Border Deployment Of Labour

Mayowa Balogun

Following plans to implement the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA),the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has advocated the removal of visa restrictions among African nations, the creation of a database of available skills, and the simplification of cross border deployment of labour.

The Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe made these recommendations in the keynote address he delivered on Monday in Lagos at the Nigerian Local Content AfCFTA Energy Summit organised by the Board in partnership with the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).

Represented by the Director of Corporate Services, NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikuru, the Executive Secretary harped on the need to unlock barriers that are inhibiting free intra-Africa trade and advised African leaders to create unified codes and standards for goods and services, reform the services sector, and enhance trade facilitation programmes.

He assured that the NCDMB will continue to partner with stakeholders such as PETAN, the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO), and other continental and regional bodies to position Nigerian oil service providers to take advantage of the big market opportunities that AfCFTA offers.

Speaking,the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, NCDMB, Mr, Abdulmalik Halilu urged oil-producing countries to specialise in different manufacturing and service areas of the oil and gas industry and develop their competencies to the right specifications, so they can trade among themselves.

Citing an example with the manufacturing of complex equipment where the critical components are produced by different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and assembled at a designated factory, Halilu explained that such a model will ensure that each African country develops a competitive advantage and can contribute effectively to the African oil and gas industry.

He mentioned that Nigeria had already completed two Oil and Gas Parks where manufactured components or services can be assembled at competitive costs. He stressed the need for close collaboration among African oil-producing countries as well as between African OEMs to enable the success of AfCFTA. He listed other critical factors as trade liberalisation, uniform standards, measurements, and enforcement tools.

The Secretary General of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO), Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, while making his comments, advocated for synergy among African countries, hinting that no African oil-producing country can provide the financial, technological, and marketing resources that it needs to be self-sufficient. He added that “if resources are pooled together, African countries can go far”.

He advised Nigerian oil and gas companies to be diplomatic when engaging their counterparts from other African countries and to coopt other nationals when planning to operate in foreign jurisdictions.

He said: “You need to have diverse shareholding and include nationals from other countries when you move to other African countries to operate. Do not create the impression that you want to dominate.”

The APPO scribe announced that the African Energy Bank will start operations in 2024 and would have $5bn capitalization and the 18 member nations of APPO have started paying up their shareholding, which is $83m per country.

He affirmed that the African Energy Bank would be a veritable platform to fund oil and gas projects within the continent and mitigate the withdrawal of international financiers because of the clamour for renewable energy.

He also confirmed that APPO was working to establish international research centres of excellence in different regions of the continent, which would cater to the research needs of oil companies operating in Africa and curb their dependence on international research centres for research solutions.

He stated that APPO is working to enhance the market for African oil and gas resources and ensure that crude oil and gas resources that are produced in Africa get consumed within the African continent. This is important because of the threat of energy transition, which is expected to substantially shrink the demand for crude oil and gas resources internationally, he said.

Speaking at a panel session at the summit, the Director of Finance and Personnel Development, NCDMB, Dr. Obinna Ofili expressed worry over the financing prospects of some key initiatives of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

He also observed that the ongoing geopolitical conflicts were affecting the inflow of international funding into the African oil and gas industry.

He recommended that APPO should develop a financial strategy for its strategic plans and should mobilize funds from different sources, including from international financiers. He also advised other African oil-producing countries to set up a financing programme like the Nigerian Content Intervention Fund (NCI Fund), to support the growth of their local supply chain.

Bonga: Shell To Upscale Investments In Deep Water,Renewables

Mohammed Shosanya

Energy giant, Shell says it’s working to extend the life of the Bonga Floating, Production, Storage, Offloading (FPSO) vessel for another 15 years to handle more production from Nigeria’s first deep-water development which came on stream in 2005.

The Bonga Main Life Extension Project comes as the company explores opportunities in deep-water, gas and renewables in Nigeria where it pioneered oil and gas production more than 60 years ago,a statement said.

“Shell is committed to developing its robust portfolio in Nigeria,” Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo,) Elohor Aiboni,was quoted as saying this at a panel discussion at the ongoing 8th Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum, Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC) in Lagos organised by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN.)

She added:“We are maturing numerous projects planned to come onstream in the short, medium, and long terms with the right fiscal and regulatory framework.”

Bonga produced the 1 billionth barrel of oil last year and SNEPCo has stepped up efforts for additional volumes from existing assets with more to come on stream in 2024 and beyond.

Other opportunities in deep-water include the Bonga North as well as Bonga South-West and Nnwa Doro projects on which SNEPCo is collaborating with the Nigerian government and partners to implement. Shell is also expanding its gas portfolio with both SNEPCo and The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) maturing several projects to deliver gas from their onshore and deep-water assets.

Shell Nigeria Gas is currently serving more than 130 industrial and commercial customers, and looks to expand its gas distribution network with the aim to deliver over 1,000MW equivalent of energy to industrial parks and manufacturing companies in Nigeria.

Mrs. Aiboni explained on investments in renewables: “Off-grid solutions are the quickest way to improve energy access in remote communities, so our investments in this area will provide millions of Nigerians access to reliable and sustainable electricity.”

Shell Nigeria is driving uptake in renewable energy through two companies — All On and Daystar Power Solutions. All On has facilitated more than 80,000 off-grid connections in the 36 states in Nigeria including the federal capital territory, with nearly 200 underserved communities and 560 new businesses powered with clean energy. Daystar plans to increase its installed solar capacity to 400MW by 2025 to become one of Africa’s leading providers of solar power solutions for commercial and industrial businesses.

She added: “Over the years, Shell has proved to be a reliable partner in the development of Nigeria through our range of business and mainly the energy we produce. We will continue to look for innovative ways to help reduce cost and drive efficiency in our business. We want to remain highly competitive and relevant in the oil and gas business and still stand tall in spite all the challenges.”

L-R: CEO, Aftrac Limited and Founding Member and VP Upstream, Women in Energy Network (WIEN), Patricia Simon-Hart; Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo,) Elohor Aiboni; Managing Director & Chief Executive, TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited, Matthieu Bouyer; Director of Deepwater and PSCs – Nigeria/Mid-Africa, Chevron International Exploration & Production, Michelle Pflueger and Chief Executive Officer, Radial Circle, The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Ranti Omole… after a panel discussion at the ongoing 8th Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum, Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC) in Lagos organised by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN.)

Shell Supplies 475,000 Barrels Of Crude Oil To PH Refinery

Mohammed Shosanya

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, through its Bonny Oil & Gas Terminal (BOGT), has completed supply of over 475,000bbls of crude oil to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC).

The terminal resumed this supply last week after a prolonged outage of over five years,during which time the Refinery underwent rehabilitation and integrity activities on its supply pipeline from BOGT.

A statement on Monday quoted the Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), Dr. Osagie Okunbor, as saying: “Teams from BOGT and PHRC worked through intensive preparations, collaboration, and dedication to make the project successful. This is indeed a significant step in the nation’s renewed efforts to utilise key infrastructures to assure the steady supply of products from the refining company to the Nigerian market.”

Okunbor said, “Future supplies from BOGT would be guided by the demand for the product.”

Bonny Terminal Installation Manager, Osita Nnajiofor, said, “Before implementing the supplies of the product to the refining company, the project teams first assured the integrity of pipelines relevant to NNPC Limited subsidiaries and integrity and maintenance activities on the BOGT refinery export pumps (which had been shut down for an extended period).”

He said, “These actions resulted in the successful and safe completion of the refinery supply with no harm to people, environment, or equipment.”

“The recommencement of crude oil supply from the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited is a significant achievement and a game-changer for the industry and the country and will support federal government’s aspiration of steady supply of petroleum products to the downstream market and other associated benefits to the economy of the nation,” he added.