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Nigeria refineries low on Petrol production

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Current data on refineries production in Nigeria indicate that more heavy or fuel oils (low and high fuel oil/black oil) are being produced from the four refineries than other high demand products like premium motor spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol. The revelation comes despite assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which said last week that two of its refineries were working between 60 and 80 percent of their installed capacities.

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Oil crash, dwindling revenue threaten Nigeria’s 2015 budget

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The low crude oil price has started to take its toll on Nigeria’s economy, triggering a huge decline in the country’s foreign reserves and engendering a free fall of the naira, and a host of others. Already, in the April Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, meeting, it was stated that the country recorded a revenue shortfall of N 86.42 billion, due to a N78.36 billion decline from oil revenue.

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Nigeria loses N72bn to gas flaring

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*Gas flare

The data from the NNPC’s Monthly Petroleum Information, MPI, from January to March 2015, disclosed that oil and gas companies produced 668.247 billion standard cubic feet, SCF of gas. They however, utilised 548.58 billion SCF and flared 119.67 billion SCF, representing 17.9 per cent of the total gas produced in the period under review.

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Kaduna Refinery still on TAM-rehab – MD

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Dr. Joseph T. Dawha
Group Managing Director

We are doing Turn Around Maintenance-Rehabilitation, TAM-Rehab, while the refinery is running. We try as much as possible not to shut down the entire refinery while this is going on. The whole essence is to say, Look! The TAM that you have neglected for a while will be done; at the same time, those equipment that have been troublesome, and need complete rehabilitation, we will make procurement orders for them.

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Nigeria LPG export rises by 13%

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In general, the report said, “In the gas sector, a total of 2.524 trillion Standard Cubic Feet (SCF) of natural gas production was reported by 28 companies. This shows an increase of 8.56 per cent when compared with 2013 production. Of the quantity produced, 2.233 trillion SCF was utilised, while 289.60 billion SCF was flared.”

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First locally fabricated pressure vessel debuts

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Fabricate Pressure Vessel

PORT HARCOURT: The first locally fabricated thickest walled pressure vessel has been unveiled in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The asset also known as a separator was designed for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, SPDC’s, Soku Field Development plan and is internally cladded with 316L stainless steel, with internal proprietary separation devices and weighs 83 tonnes.

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Seplat clarifies pioneer tax status

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The company said it had continued to fund the NPDC/Seplat JV despite being owed substantial sums in unpaid cash-calls by NPDC. More so, “The outstanding net NPDC receivable as of June 30, was $504million. On July 14, the company entered into a signed agreement with the NPDC on terms for the payment of arrears due to Seplat and for the future structure of joint venture funding to mitigate the risk of the receivable.

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Nigeria’s Q1 crude export dips by $5.66bn

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NIGERIA’S crude oil and gas exports dipped by $5.66 billion, about N1.13 trillion to $13.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. The CBN, in its External Sector Development Report for the first quarter of 2015, stated that crude oil and gas exports component declined from $18.96 billion and $20.85 billion in the fourth and first quarter of 2014 respectively to $13.30 billion.

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Building blocks for Nigeria’s electrical future

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The wide gap between electricity demand and supply adds greatly to the cost of operations by forced reliance on diesel generators at four times the cost of normal grid power as well as major lost work-time. From a personal standpoint, there is a universal reduction in quality of life due to the lack of dependable electricity to homes and places of work.

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Nigerians spent N1.7trn on petrol in 2014

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NIGERIANS spent about N1.69 trillion on Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, in 2014, according to data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

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Oando seeks legislation on renewable energy use

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Renewable-energy

Oando Energy Resources, OER, has called on governments at all levels to develop legislative and regulatory frameworks to drive renewable energy use.

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Fossil fuel’ll remain dominant till 2040 —ExxonMobil

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Despite the significant successes in alternative fuels, the use of fossil fuel or hydrocarbons will remain dominant until at least 2040, America’s oil giant, ExxonMobil has predicted.

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Union Bank lends N194bn to energy firms

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Union Bank Nigeria Plc lent about N193.6 billion to energy firms in two years, 2013 and 2014, amid fears by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN that Nigerian banks are in danger of capital erosion due to falling oil price in the international market.

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Solar energy to boost cottage industries in villages soon

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Thatch house powered by Solar Energy.

TWO weeks ago, United Nations Development Programmes, UNDP, and the Bank of Industry, BOI, empowered two local firms in the renewable energy sector with loans totaling over N160 million, to connect Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to 1, 200 houses in remote villages that have not been reached by national grids.

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Nigeria loses N174bn to gas flaring — NNPC

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• A gas flare site in Niger Delta

Nigeria has lost up to $868.8 million, about N173.76 billion to gas flaring in 2014, according to data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

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Oversupply threatens global oil market —IEA

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Nigeria and other oil producing countries are set for tougher times following the fall in global oil prices, according to the Oil Market Report of the International Energy Agency, IEA.

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‘Nigeria’s tax system hindering oil industry growth’

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ANALYSTS at GTI Capital have called for a review of Nigeria’s tax policy especially as it affects the country’s petroleum industry, saying that the current tax system does not allow for technological advancement in the industry.

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Brass LNG: Management tasks Buhari on FID

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Notwithstanding the beaming of torchlight on activities of the petroleum industry, the management of the Brass Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, has charged President Mohammadu Buhari to do all it takes to facilitate shareholders taking the final investment decision, FID, of the project

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N5trn energy sector loans unsettle Nigerian banks

  /   in Energy, News 12:30 am   /   Comments

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“The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, becomes the last fully-functioning public institution. It is forced into a severe devaluation of 70-80 per cent as the majority of planned Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, projects are cancelled and capital outflows accelerate as some foreign multinationals start to wind down local operations.” Many of these predictions are now a reality and weighing down heavily on Nigeria’s economy, even as it is reputed as the fasted growing in Africa.

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Stakeholders attribute NNPC Board dissolution to infractions

  /   in Energy, News 12:55 am   /   Comments

Buhari-oil

President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to dissolve the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has been applauded as a major step towards sanitising the Nigerian oil and gas industry and the NNPC in particular. Many see the Corporation as lacking in transparency, amid allegations of corruption which the Board and management made no effort to check.

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Subsidy: ‘Focus on inflation, high interest, exchange rates’

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SUBSIDY-EXPRESS

The Federal Government has been urged to exercise caution in thecall for the removal of petroleum subsidy, and instead focus onaddressing all the economic bottlenecks sabotagingNigeria’s common wealth. An economist,Mr. Henry Boyo, argued that the direct removal of subsidy will serve as a great disincentive to the economic wellbeing of all Nigerians.

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Prepare for electricity tariff hike, EKEDC tells customers

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The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC,has urged consumers within its franchise network to prepare for adjustment in electricity tariffs. The Chief Executive Officer, EKEDC, Mr Oladele Amoda, stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting with electricity consumers from the 11 Business Units under its jurisdiction in Lagos.

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NERC urges Presidency to intervene in NEMSA, EMS crisis

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Geregu power

ABUJA: The crisis rocking the power sector over the establishment of the Electricity Management Service Limited, EMS, and the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Authority, NEMSA, has taken a new dimension with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, calling on the Presidency to intervene.

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Don’t control TCN, Nnaji warns FG

  /   in Energy, News 12:31 am   /   Comments

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“I believe that the private sector management was never allowed to work. That’s part of the problem. The people who were brought to manage had to endure interferences from the government appointed officials. So that is an issue.” The Federal Government had in 2012 signed a three-year contract for the management of the TCN with the Canadian firm, Manitoba, after it emerged the sole bidder. The contract has an option of a two-year extension.

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Subsidy payments can fund new refineries — NEITI

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According to Short, the time for Nigeria to deepen the process of implementation of NEITI Reports as basis for the proposed reforms in the industry appears to have finally come. She said, “EITI has faith in the new administration in Nigeria. We are ready to work with the new government to reform the oil sector and NEITI independent reports in the sector will help to lead the way. I am in Nigeria to convey our support to President Buhari.”

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Non-oil revenue exceeds earnings from crude in April

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“At N735.07 billion, estimated federally-collected revenue in April 2015, was lower than the monthly budget estimate by 9.8 per cent. It was, however, higher than the receipt in the preceding month by 35.8 per cent. The decline in estimated federally-collected revenue (gross) relative to the monthly budget estimate was attributable, largely, to the shortfall in receipts from oil revenue during the review month.”

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Bringing the refineries back to life

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“Our domestic refineries must be made to work. Appropriate incentives need to be worked out to attract new investment in refining. While domestic refining by itself is not sufficient to guarantee product price stability, there are clear gains to be derived from domestic refining as opposed to imports,”

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World oil demand increases after price slump

  /   in Energy, News 7:28 pm   /   Comments

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The supportive impact of these factors could wane in the rest of 2015. “Recent months have seen a steady acceleration in global oil demand growth, but due to the temporary nature of many of the factors that contributed to the upside, annual growth may subside in the second half of 2015.”

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Miners move to create 300,000 jobs annually

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“The Miners Association of Nigeria, MAN, has developed a five-year Strategic Development Plan for the mining sector which would create 300,000 jobs annually as well as contribute 10 per cent to the GDP. “The vast occurrences of solid mineral resources in each state of the federation are yet to be accorded due attention; collective and affirmative action is desired in order to fully exploit the enormous prospects that exist.

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Stakeholders lament non-passage of PIB

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“They did not meet my expectation in this regard. I am disappointed! I thought they would pass it, but they did not. What do we do? It means all the reforms that we have been expecting in the oil industry have been postponed.” Olawore explained that the passage of the bill by the House of Representatives was an incomplete exercise, adding that the Senate also needed to pass it before it is harmonised and sent to the President for assent.

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Much ado over NNPC probe

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Buhari-oil

When President Muhammadu Buhari, indicated that his administration will probe the $20 billion allegedly missing from the coffers of the government-owned, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, he appeared to have spoken the minds of many Nigerians. His resolve for the probe stemmed from the allegation by the immediate past governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who said that about $20 billion made from the sale of Nigeria’s crude oil by the NNPC could not be accounted for.

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EKEDP to generate 474MW through embedded power

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Federal Government’s call for electricity companies to embrace embedded generation to ensure rapid development got a boost as the Eko Electricity Distribution Plc, EKEDP, said it has concluded plans to acquire up to 474 megawatts of power through embedded generation.

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