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Fuel scarcity: Coalition of transporters threaten to picket NNPCL Headquarters



Transporters associations under the auspices of Coalition of Transporters, have threatened to picket headquarters of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPL) over lingering fuel scarcity.

This is contained in a six-point Communique issued by Chairpersons of the associations on Monday in Abuja, after a one-day meeting held in Lagos on Sunday, Jan. 5.

The Communique was signed by the Chairman Trailer Drivers Association (TADAN), Alhaji Jamilu Mai Alheri, and five others. The associations are, Commercial Motorcycles Association of Nigeria (COMAN), Tricycles Owners Association of Nigeria (TOWAN), and the National Association of Traders of Nigeria (NASTAN).

Others are, Luxurious Bus Operators Union (LUBOU), Market Women Association of Nigeria (MAWAN),  and Trailer Drivers Association of Nigeria (TADAN).

The associations said they had put their members across the country on alert to picket NNPCL Abuja, if nothing is done to urgently fix the problem.

The associations said they would continue to occupy the NNPCL Towers until the problem is tackled.

They also said members engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transport election related materials would  be withdrawn if the problem is not resolved.

They equally said there would be protest against any fuel retail outlet seen serving official vehicles among other things.

“We are currently experiencing unbearable conditions ocassioned by the lingering fuel shortage.

“Our members depend largely on daily income from the transportation services which have been adversely affected by the scarcity.

“It is also inconceivable that fuel is sold at licenced and government recognised filling stations for between N350 to N400 per litre across the six geo-political zones.

“This has forced majority of our members to abandon their buses, motorcycles among others,” the Communique said.

The associations also condemned the ongoing naira scarcity, saying it had brought untold hardship on Nigerians.


Local oil and gas operators increased from 53 in 2018 to 114 in 2023 — NCDMB



The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has revealed that the local oil and gas operators increased from 53 in 2018 to 114 in 2023.

Speaking during the ongoing Practical Nigerian Content Forum held in Bayelsa state, erstwhile Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote said that according to data from the NOGIC-JQS, there has been significant growth in registered indigenous industry operators.

“These operators increased from 53 in 2018 to 114 in 2023. Similarly, indigenous service companies went up from 8,000 to 11,000 during this same period. Additionally, individual registrations rose substantially from 140,000 to almost 400,000.”

During the forum, the NCDMB also reported progress on the development of eight industrial parks meant to support the manufacturing and assembly of equipment and materials for the industry.

Among these, the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGaPS) at Emeyal-1 in Bayelsa State, and a similar Park in Odukpani in Cross River State, are scheduled for commissioning in the first half of 2024.

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Falcon Corporation secures N19.41bn debt facility to build LPG plant, jetty



Falcon Corporation Limited has secured a N19.41 billion facility from the Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund (NIDF) for the development of a state-of-the-art 15,000 metric ton Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage facility and a dedicated jetty situated in Rumuolumeni, Saipem/Aker Base Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The company in a statement noted that the Project, which has reached an advance stage, is being carried out in two distinct phases, with the initial phase focusing on the construction of a 10,000 metric ton spherical tank (consisting of 2 tanks, each with a capacity of 5,000 metric tons), a dedicated jetty and other associated infrastructure, which is to be followed by the development of an additional 5,000 metric tons of storage at a later date.

According to the Managing Director of the Company, Prof. Joe Ezigbo, “At Falcon, we consider our investments in the Gas industry as a national service first. This is why over the past almost thirty years, we have continued to expand our footprints within the industry, despite the various challenges within the environment. Gas development is our contribution to nation building and we remain unrelenting in this regard.

“We positioned our LPG facility strategically in proximity to major Gas sources and navigable water routes. The Project is set to facilitate and enhance more direct procurement and distribution of LPG, which will dramatically lower conventional delivery and storage costs. Beyond economic gains, we anticipate significant social benefits including job creation, income growth, health improvements, and environmental sustainability as our customers and communities transition to cleaner fuel options on a larger scale.”

The Deputy Managing Director and Co-Founder of Falcon, Mrs. Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, emphasised that, “As a progressive company, deeply committed to the growth and advancement of Nigeria’s domestic Gas industry, we are expanding our investments across the Gas industry value chain, from our traditional role in the downstream sector, to our current midstream investments, and positioning for an intended upstream play.

“We are fully aligned with the nation’s aspirations to leverage gas for industrialization, and our primary energy transition fuel, with a strong focus on its use for power and cooking. LPG’s characteristics, such as portability, high energy value, low emissions, and reduced carbon footprint, make it an ideal choice for cooking and other industrial uses.

“The Project aims to ensure the availability of LPG and deepen its market penetration and adoption within the catchment areas, contributing to the mitigation of ecosystem damage and greenhouse emissions caused by use of other traditional fuels.”

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham, Mr. Bolaji Balogun, said, “Chapel Hill Denham is pleased to support the integrated LPG infrastructure in Rivers State as this will not only increase domestic LPG consumption but also help in achieving one of the critical sustainable development goals aimed at reducing carbon emissions, air pollution, and habitat loss resulting from the use of firewood for cooking by more than 30 million households.

“The Project is also in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s objective of increasing the adoption of LPG as auto fuel and a replacement of diesel for power generation.”

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ExxonMobil to increase cash flow by $14bn from 2023 to 2027



Multinational oil and gas corporation, ExxonMobil says it plans to increase cash flow by $14 billion/ from 2023 to 2027.

The company stated this in a corporate plan update released on Wednesday, December 6./ This growth will be facilitated by the ongoing efforts to reduce operational costs and enhance the company’s business mix.

ExxonMobil also said that it/ aims to optimise its business mix by expanding production from low-cost assets while increasing the sales of high-value products like performance chemicals, low-emission fuels, and advanced lubricants.

This strategy aligns with their commitment to providing energy globally while simultaneously developing solutions to reduce emissions in challenging sectors of the economy.

The company foresees a significant increase in upstream (oil and gas production) earnings by 2027 compared to 2019. This growth will stem from investments in profitable projects that have a low cost of supply.  Around 90 percent of their planned capital investments in new oil and gas production over the next five years are anticipated to yield returns of more than 10 percent at a Brent price of $35 per barrel.

ExxonMobil also said in its statement that it intends to achieve an additional $6 billion in structural cost reductions by the end of 2027, bringing the total savings to about $15 billion compared to 2019.

They plan to achieve this by streamlining various operational aspects such as maintenance, supply chain, financial reporting, and trading, among others.

In October 2023, the International Energy Agency (IEA) highlighted in its 2023 World Energy Investment report that major oil, gas, and coal companies are projected to boost investments in unabated fossil fuel supply by over 6% in 2023, totalling approximately $950 billion.

In September 2023, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with a delegation of ExxonMobil and tried to woo the energy giant to invest in Nigeria’s oil and gas business, stating that the country is now ready for business under his leadership./

Meanwhile, ExxonMobil’s President of Global Upstream Operations, Liam Mallon, conveyed his recognition of President Tinubu’s steadfast dedication to Nigeria’s interests. He assured a notable surge in production, committing to delivering almost 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) as part of an upcoming investment phase in Nigeria.

Addressing President Tinubu, Mallon highlighted the production growth and emphasised their dedicated work on expanding deepwater production.

Expressing gratitude for Tinubu’s leadership, Mallon pledged reciprocal efforts, emphasizing the opportune moment for progress.

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