…We did not revoke licences – DPR
By Udeme Akpan, Energy Editor
AS Nigeria continues to record high level of expired refinery licences, experts, Tuesday, identified lack of funds and feedstock, as factors militating against the construction of new plants.
The experts, who expressed their positions in different interviews with Vanguard, said such investors have the right to reapply for the renewal of their licences.
Specifically, in an interview with Vanguard, Lead Promoter, EnergyHub Nigeria, Dr. Felix Amieyeofori, said: “The investors encounter many problems, including lack of funds and feedstock. But the good thing about it is that they have the right to reapply.”
Similarly, in another interview with Vanguard, former Managing Director, Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, Dr. Layi Fatona, said: “conscientious focus and determination are required in the pursuit and delivery of any project in the Nigerian airspace.”
He added: “There is no capital long enough and not much of equity is available to pursue refining projects.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has denied revoking 32 refinery licences in the country.
Some publications, not Vanguard had erroneously reported that the agency revoked the licences recently.
But in a statement obtained by Vanguard, DPR, stated: “We wish to clarify that DPR did not revoke any refinery licence. Refinery licence like our other regulatory instruments has validity periods for investors to attain certain milestones.
“This implies that after the validity period for the particular milestone, the licence becomes inactive until the company reapplies for revalidation to migrate to another milestone. This does not in any way translate to revocation of the licence of the company.”
It added: “DPR in line with the aspirations of the government initiated the refinery revolution programme of government aimed at boosting local refining capacity by enabling business and creating new opportunities for investors with the granting of modular and conventional refinery licenses. DPR will continue to provide support to investors in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria using our regulatory instruments of licences, permits and approvals to stimulate the economy and align with government’s job creation initiatives.”
The refinery projects whose licences expired include, BUA Refinery & Petrochemicals (Akwa Ibom); Dee Jones (Cross River); Energia Limited (Delta State); Southfield Petrochemical & Refinery Ltd (Edo); Starex Petroleum Refinery (Onne Oil & Gas Free Trade Zone); RG Shinjin Petrochemicals (Delta); Don Mac (Edo), Platinum Hydrocarbon Resources (Delta), Mondonat Nigeria Ltd (Delta); Ikwe-Onna Refinery (Akwa Ibom); Shepha Petroleum & Petrochemicals Company (Delta); JIL-Amber (Port Harcourt Refinery); Gazingstock Petroleum Company (Delta); Petrolex Oil & Gas Limited (Ogun); Eghudu Refinery (Edo); Ibafon Refinery FZE (Calabar FTZ, Cross River); and Kainji Resources (Imo).
Others include, Eko Petrochem & Refining Company (Lagos); Hi Rev Oil (Akwa Ibom); Epic Refinery & Petrochemical Industries (Bayelsa); Masters Energy Oil & Gas (Rivers); Cross Country Oil & Gas (Imo); Grifon Energy (Ondo); Sifax Oil & Gas Company (Lagos); Capital Oil & Gas Industries (Lagos), All Grace Energy (Rivers); Green Energy International (Rivers); Fresh Energy Limited (Bayelsa); Chyzob Oil & Gas (Abia); Aiteo Energy Resources Limited (Delta); Associated Worldwide Company (Akwa Ibom); and Amakpe International Refinery (Akwa Ibom).