Dangote refinery must buy NNPC’s crude oil – Kyari

Mele Kyari, group managing director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that the Dangote Refinery must buy at least 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from the Corporation.

Kyari made this known on Wednesday during his presentation to the House of Representatives Committee on Finance interactive session on some burning issues affecting the oil industry.

He explained that NNPC’s equity shareholding interest in the Dangote Refinery which was procured at the instance of the corporation was designed to guarantee national energy security.

He stated that the equity interest was secured after due consideration of the national interest and the best possible options.

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“We will have the right to 20 percent of production from this facility. We structured our equity participation on the basis that the refinery must buy at least 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day of our production. This guarantees our market at a period when every country is struggling to find a market for their crude oil’’ he explained.

Kyari clarified revenue projection for 2022-2024 Revenue Framework and provided a base oil price scenario in the medium term as follows: $57 per barrel for 2022, $61 per barrel for 2023 and $62 per barrel for 2024.

He explained that the assumptions were arrived at after a careful appraisal of the three-year historical dated Brent Oil Price average of $59.07 per barrel premised on Platts Spot Prices.

“Price growth is to be moderated by the lingering concerns over COVID-19, increased energy efficiency, switching due to increased utilization of gas and alternatives for electricity generation. These are reflected in the Medium Term Revenue Framework’’ Kyari said.

On the perennial issue of smuggling of petroleum products, the GMD implored the National Assembly to come to the aid of the Corporation in battling the menace, noting that the Corporation, based on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, had mobilised some Federal agencies like the Customs, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Police, Civil Defence Corps and others, to find workable solutions to the menace.

Kyari spoke on the propriety of establishing NNPC retail stations in neighbouring countries to curb the challenge of illegal haulage of petroleum products across the border, saying that though the NNPC once considered the option, it had to jettison the idea when it became imperative that the measure would be counterproductive.

According to him, people who are smuggling are not looking for officially priced petroleum products. He explained that going ahead to establish NNPC Retail stations would not yield the desired result since the people who take products across the border are not interested in selling at the official prevailing prices at approved stations but are interested in under the counter deals.

Chairman of the House Committee on Finance Abiodun James Faleke, in his remarks, commended the NNPC GMD for providing an in-depth explanation and insider perspective on some issues surrounding the operations of the NNPC and the Oil Industry stating: “You have made our day. The committee is better informed based on explanations provided by the GMD.”

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