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Monday 21 December 2015

NNPC awards crude lifting contract to 21 off-takers

NNPC awards crude lifting contract to 21 off-takers

 Dr. Ibe Kachik­wu

THE Minister of State for Pe­troleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachik­wu has announced 21 Off-tak­ers as winners of the open bid exercise conducted in October.

The exercise witnessed the unprecedented public harvest of 278 bids submitted by in­digenous and foreign firms seeking to secure contract for the sale and purchase of the 26 Nigerian crude oil grades on offer.

A breakdown of the 2015/2016 crude oil term contract off-takers for the 991, 661 bpd Nigerian equity crude indicate that 240, 000 bpd rep­resenting 24 percent of the total volume on offer was awarded to four Refiners classified as major current receivers of Ni­gerian Crude with capacity to process all of Nigerian crude grades. The Off-takers in this category include: Emirates National Oil Coy, ENOC, In­dian Oil Corporation, CEPSA Refinery Madrid and Sara SPA Refinery. Each of the Off-takers in this category was awarded 60, 000 bpd.

Three notable International Trading Companies, namely Trafigura PT Ltd, Mercuria Energy Trading SA and Vitol SA won the bid for the lifting of 32, 000 bpd of crude based on their pedigree as large scale buyers of Nigerian Crude with structure for short term freight intervention and storage. The off-takers in this category rep­resent about 10 percent of total crude volume on offer.

Trading Affiliates of Inter­national Oil Companies con­sisting of ENI Trading and Shipping SPA, TOTSA Total Oil Trading SA, Exxon Sale and Supply LLC and Shell Western Supply and Trading received term allocation of 32, 000 bpd each totaling 128, 000 bpd representing about 13 per­cent of total volume of crude oil on offer.

Nigerian downstream play­ers with wide experience in crude trading and large asset base accounts for 405, 000 bpd representing about 41 percent of total crude volume on of­fer. In this category, Emo Oil & Petrochemical Coy/China Zhenhea- an NNPC long term trader is allocated 45, 000 bpd. Other off-takers in this cat­egory include: Northwest Pe­troleum and Gas Ltd, 45, 000 bpd, Forte Oil, 45, 000 bpd, Oando PLC, 60, 000 bpd, Sa­hara Energy Resource Ltd, 60, 000 bpd, A.A. Rano Nig. Ltd, 45, 000 bpd, Eterna Oil, 45, 000 bpd and MRS Oil &Gas Coy Ltd 60, 000 bpd.

NNPC Trading Companies Calson/Hyson 32, 000 bpd and Duke Oil Incorporated 90, 000 bpd account for combined off-take of 122, 000 bpd represent­ing about 12 percent of total volume on offer.

Apart from ensuring trans­parency, the companies were carefully chosen based on their track records and trading expe­rience to ensure that Nigerian crude cargoes are not left un­sold. Kachikwu has however, dispelled insinuations that the Federal Government has con­cluded plans to increase the pump price of fuel from N87 to N97 per litre as from Janu­ary 2016.

He noted that the discourse has long left the realm of subsidy removal to a more scientific price modulation ap­proach which entails an elastic price mechanism regime to be reviewed periodically to reflect the prevailing international price of crude.

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