The Republics of Benin and Niger have paid $10.1m as electricity bill to Nigeria to avert being disconnected from their power source in Nigeria after the Federal Government threatened to disconnect debtors.
It was also learnt that the countries made the payment through their respective power firms, with NIGELEC of the Republic of Niger paying $3.79m, while the Community Electric du Benin of the Republic of Benin remitted $6.32m to Nigeria’s electricity market.
On July 11, 2018, The PUNCH reported that President Muhammadu Buhari decided to join operators in the power sector in calling on international customers receiving electricity from Nigeria to either pay their bills or be disconnected.
Nigeria sells power to the Republics of Togo, Niger and Benin, and classifies the West African countries as international customers.
Officials at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing told our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday that the international customers, paying for the power received from Nigeria in dollars, owed the country, a development that had increased the financial indebtedness to Nigeria’s power generation companies.
To avert being disconnected, it was gathered on Thursday that Benin and Niger made some payments and that the payment by both countries was disclosed to operators in Nigeria’s electricity industry at the August 2018 power sector stakeholders’ meeting by the Market Operator, an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria.
This was also confirmed in a report that was presented to stakeholders at the meeting by the MO, which was obtained by our correspondent from the FMPWH.
On its dashboard on the summary of energy delivery in the month of June 2018, the MO stated that energy delivered to international customers and Ajaokuta Steel was 229,487.29 megawatts/hour.
Under bilateral trading, it stated that the quantum of energy sent out by power generation companies was 104,861.92MWh, while energy delivered to bilateral customers was 95,939.31MWh.
Figures on the dashboard showed that indigenous power distribution companies, as always, got the highest quantum of energy, 2,355,623.4MWh, from the Gencos in the month under review.
The MO further stated that part of the foreign exchange inflows from international customers had been disbursed to service providers in Nigeria’s power sector.
The indebtedness of international customers was also confirmed by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in July, who, however, revealed that Buhari was working hard to ensure that the electricity debts by the country’s neighbours were cleared.
Fashola had also directed the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company to go ahead and collect its money from the international customers.
He said, “We issued disconnection notices and that is why I’m asking the NBET to go and collect your money because we have duties, obligations and international agreements with them as brother and sister nations.
“But that does not mean they will not pay us if they are defaulting. So, we have issued letters to them to pay their bills, and from time to time, they pay.
“There was a time one head of state came to visit President Buhari and little did I know that the real reason he came was to come and tell him that the (power) sector had issued a notice of disconnection to his country. And you may be interested to know that President Buhari simply told him to go and pay, otherwise we will disconnect you because we are also paying at home.”
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.
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.”
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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