“$500m Needed To Fix Nigerian Refineries.” – Oil Minister


Nigeria’s four refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna will require between $300 million to $500 million to function effectively.

Also, the 650,000 refinery planned by Dangote Group which is expected to start full operations by 2020, would boost domestic refining capacity, as this refinery privatization policy is aimed at driving the oil marketers to invest in the industry’s progress.

Minister of State for Petroleum and Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu disclosed this on Thursday at an interactive meeting with the joint House of Representatives Committee on Gas Resources, Petroleum (Downstream and Upstream) and Local Content chaired by Rep Victor Nwokolo over the controversy on the recent unbundling of NNPC into seven main divisions and 20 sub-set companies.

Dr. Kachikwu acknowledged the communication gap between his office and the National Assembly on the issue of unbundling of the NNPC, adding that the concerns expressed by members were legitimate.

The Minister explained that the “unbundling was used to qualify the sub-sects” otherwise called ‘Divisions’, and not companies as would have been applicable to the actual unbundling of the Corporation as stipulated in the Petroleum Industrial Bill.

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He assured that the restructuring of NNPC will help in achieving 16 to 18 month self-sufficiency of supply of Petroleum products as well as the establishment of the modular type refineries by investors as contained in the recent advert placed by the Corporation.

The Minister explained that 17 subsidiaries of NNPC had been identified and that additional four were created, adding that the administrative restructuring would help in generating more jobs, profitability and efficiency of various sub-sects of the Corporation, including gas and power, property, pipeline and refineries, among others.

70 per cent of the N350 billion loss incurred by the Corporation came from PPMC, he said, adding that plans are underway to adopt Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the bid to boost the viability of the NNPC subsidiaries, including shipping company, medical centres and so on.

Kachikwu again re-assured that the Corporation has no plan to disengage the 10,000 workers on its payroll but added that the administrative restructuring will help to put the 3,000 redundant staff in the competency venture.

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