NNPCL to reduce fuel import from August

Marcus Amudipe
Marcus Amudipe


The Nigerian National Petroleum Company has revealed that it would cut down on fuel import once the Dangote Refinery starts pumping out refined petroleum products from late July or early August.

According to The PUNCH, the national oil firm’s spokesperson, Garba-Deen Muhammad stated this in an exclusive interview.

He said, “NNPC Limited is bringing in products from outside Nigeria as a matter of necessity, not as a matter of choice. We would have preferred that we produce here, refine here and we sell and provide the energy security that the country needs.

“Because of the circumstances that surround our refineries, we cannot allow the country to be grounded. So we have to buy wherever we can get and sell. So if Dangote products are available, why should we not buy from Dangote?

“There is absolutely no reason. And that is the reason why we are interested in the Dangote Refinery. We are co-owners, shouldn’t we do business with our partners rather than do it with other people?”

Muhammad explained that the NNPCL would supply crude oil to the Dangote Refinery based on a business arrangement between the two parties and in accordance with the international crude oil price.

“NNPC owns 20 per cent of that asset and we have an agreement with Dangote that we will supply the refinery with crude. So as soon as Dangote begins to request for crude to pay for it, NNPC is prepared to supply the crude as a business transaction.

“We have been selling crude to different parts of the world for decades, and it is not whether we will sell it to Dangote, for why won’t we sell to Dangote when we are selling to other refineries and countries?”

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