NNPC, Kogi to Produce 84 Million Litres of Bio-fuel

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of fuel-ethanol processing plant that would produce 84 million litres of bio-fuel per year.

Speaking during the signing of the MoU in Abuja, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said the project would yield a cane mill and a raw and refined Sugar Plant of 126,000 tonnes annually.

US set to Topple Russia as World’s Biggest Oil Producer

The United States will overtake Russia as the world’s biggest oil producer, if not this year, by 2019 at the latest, as it oil import dropped to its lowest level since 2001.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said this at an event in Tokyo that United States would overtake Russia as the biggest crude oil producer “definitely next year”, if not this year.

“U.S. shale growth is very strong, the pace is very strong … The United States will become the No.1 oil producer sometime very soon,” he told Reuters separately.

Osinbajo Assures Oil, Gas Operators of Enabling Business Environment

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured oil and gas operators of Nigeria’s commitment to creating the enabling environment for the industry to achieve its destiny in Africa.

Osinbajo spoke at the closing ceremony of the first edition of the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

FG to Support Investment in Modular Refineries

The Federal Government says it will support investment  in the construction of modular refineries  to ensure the success of the initiative.

The Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Rabiu Suleiman, disclosed this at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja.

He added that government would also guarantee crude oil supply to modular refineries in the Niger Delta.

Nigeria to Announce Refinery Investors in Coming Month –Kachikwu

Nigeria plans to announce the private investors in refineries in the coming month, its junior oil minister said on Monday.

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said he wants Nigeria to have a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the production and processing of hydrocarbons, and for the storage of oil in 10 years, Reuters reports.

Nigeria’s refining system means it is almost wholly reliant on imports for the 40 million litres per day of gasoline it consumes.

American Oil Boom could Spoil OPEC's Plans

The oil cartel and key ally Russia have spent more than a year trying to drain the world of excess supply. But the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned Tuesday that a "colossal" oil boom in the United States could ruin their efforts.

The Paris-based agency said that a massive increase in output means the U.S. will soon be producing more oil than Saudi Arabia. It could soon challenge Russia for the global crown.

Stakeholders Seek Private Sector-driven Investment in Gas Infrastructure

Stakeholders in the oil and gas sector have urged the Federal Government to make the ongoing gas infrastructure projects private sector-driven in order to enhanced strategic investment.

Mr Austin Avuru, the Managing Director of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Limited; and his counterpart Mr Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, the Managing Director, First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company spoke to the Voice of Nigeria on this proposition.

Fuel Subsidy Payment Rises to ₦17b in One Month

Fuel subsidy payment incurred by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) rose by N9.94 billion to N16.785 billion.

This was to ensure that the price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, did not rise above the official rate of N145 per litre.

Data obtained from the NNPC Monthly financial and operations report for November 2017, showed that the subsidy payment for November represented an increase of 145.08 per cent from N6.849 billion paid in October 2017.

AfDB Plans Electricity for 29m Africans

The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to reach 29.3 million people in African with electricity by 2020.

The project is in line with the bank’s High 5 development priorities and, in particular, its agenda to Light up and power Africa.

The President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, made this disclosure at the High Level Event on “New Way of Working: From Vision to Action-National, Regional and Global Dimensions” at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa.

Nigeria's Crude Account held $2.32b as of Jan 15

Nigeria’s excess crude account stood at $2.317 billion as of Jan. 15, a state governor said on Thursday.

The figure was given by the finance minister during a meeting of Nigeria’s national economic council, according to Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano state, who briefed reporters after the meeting, Reuters reports.

Last month, Nigerian state governors approved the release of $1 billion from the account to the government to fight the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in the northeast.

In September, the crude account held $2.310 billion.