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Challenges, way forward for NNPC, Oil industry

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COMRADE Brown Ogbeifun, until his retirement last month, was Industrial Relations Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. He was also the President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and the First Deputy President General of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC.

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Why Nigerian vessels don’t operate mid-stream discharge

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File Photo: Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, impounded this                                    vessel, MT Shandy, over suspected crude oil theft.

Ibi Siddon, is the Managing Director, Union Admiralty Nigeria Limited, a frontline logistic and shipping company. In this interview with SweetCrude’s Godfrey Bivbere, he explained why Nigerian ship owners are unable to engage in mid-stream discharge of petroleum products; the difficulties in insuring indigenous vessels as well as the absence of dry docking facilities in the country and much more. Excerpts:

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‘Nigeria can be an industrial mineral hub’

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Ewepu

National Metallurgical Development Centre, NDMC, Jos, in this interview Gabriel Ewepu, he expresses optimism that the centre has a strategic role to transform Nigeria into an industrial hub in Africa. Excerpts:

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Egi people accuse Total of continuous pollution

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*Oil-impacted Ikeinghenbiri creek

The Egi people of Rivers State has accused the Nigerian unit of French oil giant, Total E & P Nigeria, of polluting their land since 1964 till date, with little or no effort towards remediating the affected areas.

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Sahara ‘Light Up Nigeria Challenge’ produces alternative energy sources

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Renewable-energy

Young inventors at the 2015 Sahara ‘Light Up Nigeria Challenge’ have developed simple power models that can reduce production cost and encourage the broad utilisation of different energy sources to power communities and schools.

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Feeling the pinch of oil crash

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A refinery

Since the beginning of the second half of the year, oil prices began another round of steep decline to a six-year low hovering within the $40 per barrel band towards August end. The development has made a mess of every global or local prediction of possible price recovery before year end.

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Chevron spends billions on Nigerian Content

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To strengthen indigenous participation in the country’s petroleum industry, Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, said it spent billions on content development in 2014.

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‘Seplat will remain profitable despite oil crash’

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Mr. Austin Avuru, seplat

Mr. Austin Avuru is the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc. In a recent chart with journalists, he provided fresh insights into the company’s performance and other sundry issues including the continued fall in global oil fuel prices, gas commercialisation policy and a host of others. Excerpts: How would you assess Seplat’s half year results in terms of the fundamentals and key highlights?

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First locally fabricated pressure vessel debuts

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The first locally fabricated thickest walled pressure vessel has been unveiled in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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Expert defends pioneer status tax holiday

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Kaduna-refinery

Indigenous and marginal field operators have said that contrary to media reports, the five-year tax holiday granted them was not a fraudulent act but a policy by the Federal Government to empower them.

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FG earns N14trn from crude export – NNPC

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BY MICHAEL EBOH other arrangements and deductions, BarringNigeria earned $74.512 billion, about N14.902 trillion, from crude oil export in 2014, according to data released by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. The NNPC, in its 2014 Annual Statistical Bulletin, revealed that the amount was earned by NNPC and other oil and gas companies in the country,

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PTDF plans alternative energy research centre

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The Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, has announced plans to establish a research and development centre for biofuels and other alternative energy sources in Nigeria. Speaking at the Close Out seminar of the 2012/2013 Annual Oil and Gas Research Grant Competition in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of the PTDF, Mr. Femi Ajayi, said the centre is in response to the global drive for environment-friendly energy sources.

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‘Technological, others key to developing stranded gas’

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Offshore gas facility

He noted that effective gas sector development is a catalyst for growth and will have a multiplier effect on the country’s economy, while insisting on the need to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB into law. He said the PIB underpins ongoing sector reforms, adding that gas sector policies will provide Nigeria with the opportunity to harness and get maximum value from its stranded gas resources.

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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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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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gas

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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PETAN refocuses on gas development

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gas lines

Part of the plan for the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigerian, PETAN’s participation in this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, holding at the Reliant Park, Houston Texas, in the United States, is how to attract more investments in Nigeria’s gas sector. The refocus on gas development follows the recent crash in the price of crude at the international oil market.

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N5trn energy sector loans unsettle Nigerian banks

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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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Dollar dividend: Seplat currently pays in naira, interim pending

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gbadeboo

The Chairman, Seplat Petroleum Development Company, Dr. Ambrose Orjiako has come out to say that shareholders who bought shares in naira or foreign currency would be paid dividend as such., except otherwise which is applicable to exchange rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as at the time the register of the company closes. Shareholders in this interview argue that the company is paying the current dividend in naira while the initial dividend paid in dollar is still pending.

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Seven Energy begins gas supply to Calabar-power

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gas

Seven Energy International Limited, an indigenous Nigerian integrated gas Company has commenced the supply of gas to the 560 megawatts, MW, Calabar National Integrated Power Project, NIPP. The commercial delivery of gas to Calabar NIPP commenced in March 2015, and is being executed through Accugas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seven Energy. When operating at full capacity Calabar NIPP will increase national power generation by over 10 per cent.

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Economic growth constrained by declining fortunes

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The Nigerian economy is in dire straits engendered by the low crude oil price in the international market and the significant decline in the country’s oil production. Analysts describe the situation as a double jeopardy, as the twin problem of low oil price and declining volume worsened the country’s dwindling revenue profile. In the last few months, Nigeria’s oil production had been hovering around 1.9 million barrels per day, mbpd, against a projected figure of about 2.3mbpd. This declining volume has put immense pressure on the country’s revenue profile.

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‘Deep Offshore is the future’

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Sea-port

Sub-sea engineering is an area of engineering that deals with how to solve the problems of getting the oil out from the earth that is under the water. You put a lot of equipment and there is a way the equipment work. The water depth is very deep, about 1,500 meters and normally speaking human beings don’t have access to the equipment on the sea-bed. Sub-sea engineering deals with how we can control these equipment and still get our oil and gas out of the reservoir up to the host facilities.

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Why indigenous oil, gas companies don’t attract equity

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“Interestingly, foreign markets want corporate governance. They want to see equity as well. In Canada’s oil and gas industry, the average debt to equity ratio is $1 of debt per equity. In the US, the average is 97 cents of debt per dollar of equity. But in Nigeria, it is slightly above $2 of debt per equity. This makes the banking industry vulnerable to the oil and gas industry.

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Oil firms risk losing equities over indebtedness

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Oil and gas firms that borrowed huge amount of money at high interest rates from financial institutions in the country would be forced to relinquish some of their stakes to the banks if they hope to continue in business, Vice President, FBN Capital, Ms. Rolake Akinkugbe, has declared. Akinkugbe, in an article in: The Oil and Gas Year, warned that marginal fields’ operators that are yet to commence production on their fields will be the worst affected.

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Maintain status quo, Court orders Arco, NAOC

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court-law

A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has directed parties in the suit filed by an indigenous oil service company, Arco Group Plc against Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited, NAOC, to maintain status quo pending the determination of the applications before it. Justice Lambo Akanbi’s order was sequel to an oral application by the lead counsel to Arco, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, asking the court to prevail on parties from doing anything that would jeopardise the case.

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Petroleum: Stakeholders identify 13 areas for intervention

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As many as 13 operational challenges have been identified as requiring urgent attention by the new President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration, if it is to reverse the current downturn bedeviling Nigeria’s petroleum sector Among them are incoherent joint venture, JV, and production sharing contract, PSC, arrangements; crude oil theft; pipeline vandalism; low level crude oil exploration; mismanagement of crude swap arrangement; and absence of a coherent policy guiding allocation and transfer of oil blocks.

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LOCAL CONTENT: Creating enabling environment for Nigerian companies

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Five years ago, the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content, NOGIC Act, came into force with the sole objectives to not only encouraging the participation of more Nigerians in the petroleum industry, but also increasing the c ontribution of the industry to the nation’s gross domestic product, GDP. Sebastine Obasi sought to find out how well these lofty objective have been realised and how the law can be strengthened to achieve better results for the benefit of all.

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PETAN tasks Buhari on good policies

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Buhari-oil

Part of the ways the petroleum industry can overcome current crises facing it is through government’s favourable policies and greater collaboration between government and operators, Chairman, Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN, Mr. Emeka Ene, tells Sweetcrude Editor, Clara Nwachukwu in this interview

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FMC Technologies, UniPort collaborate on masters’programme

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As part of its commitment to developing the Nigerian technical workforce, FMC Technologies Inc. has announced a partnership programme with the University of Port Harcourt, UniPort, to create the first Master of Science degree in Subsea Engineering in Nigeria.

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