Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, on Wednesday in Abuja, assured the Senate that in three months the country will not see fuel queues.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the leadership of the Senate in Abuja, the NNPCL GMD said that the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has ensured that “energy supply is stable, creating cheaper energy” for Nigerians.
He disclosed that the Corporation has “robust supply plans from now until next year; we have always planned for three months. And I guarantee you your Excellency that we will not see any shortages in our country.”
“You may see a number of scattered reports that of filling stations that people will call it queues. They are not.”
He also revealed that the oil giant occupies over 30 percent of the downstream sector in the oil and gas business, adding that the Corporation will “optimally provide” petroleum to consumers.
While linking the challenges in the sector to oil theft and pipeline vandalisation, Kyari said that the country has recovered up to N1.7 million barrels of crude oil following increases monitoring and supervision of the facilities by independent pipeline security companies, and the military.
He said “in the last 5-6 months government security agencies and private security companies have done things differently, and it has yielded results.”
He underscored that the oil regulator aims at meeting its targeted contribution to the budget, as he stressed that “with all the ongoing activities and engagements, with the support of Mr President around how to contain the issues of infractions on our pipelines, the actions of vandals which we have been getting the support of the Senate to make sure that something is done about it to bring it to the bearest minimum; so that oil pipelines are restored, so that we can continue to increase production, and the confidence of investors so that no one would produce oil when he is not sure of producing oil for the future market.”
He assured the leadership of the Senate that the NNPCL would restart the Port Harcourt refinery in December, followed by the Warri refinery to start in the first quarter of 2024.
He added that these would be complimented by small scale refineries, as he underscored that the Corporation has recorded a N274 million profit in 2021, a growth from 2018.
Accordingly, Kyari maintained that the NNPCL may post profit in excess of N2 trillion in 2023; adding that in 2024 Nigeria will be a net exporter of petroleum products.