The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited began its week by assuring Nigerians that Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) distribution would soon return to normal after recalling the bad product imported into the country last week.
NNPC Group Chief Executive Officer (GED) Downstream, Adetunji Adeyemi, gave the assurance at a briefing in Abuja, as concerted efforts were made to end gasoline supply challenges.
Adeyemi stated that the company expected more than 2.3 billion liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country in February and that more than 1 billion liters of the product were currently being distributed throughout the country.
He assured that the product that is being dispensed at several gas stations in the country is safe, since with the expected 2,300 million liters the sufficiency level would be restored above the national goal of 30 days.
Adeyemi explained that to speed up the distribution of PMS throughout the country, the company had started 24-hour operations at its warehouses and points of sale.
It revealed that the NNPC had formed a monitoring team, with the support of the Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and other security agencies to ensure a smooth distribution of PMS throughout the country.
Meanwhile, House Petroleum (Downstream) Committee Chairman Rep. Abdullahi Gaya assured Nigerians that his committee would deal with companies importing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) blended with methanol into the country.
A statement Deen Muhammad, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC Limited, quoted Gaya as responding to a question from one of the committee members on the matter.
Gaya spoke during a meeting with the NNPC Directorate organized on the current fuel situation in the country.
While briefing the committee, NNPC CEO/GMD Malam Mele Kyari explained that the situation arose as a result of the discovery of methanol in PMS shipments shipped to Nigeria under the surviving commercial contract operated by their partners.
According to Kyari, the tests did not reveal the presence of methanol because the Nigerian specifications do not include methanol.
“We are a law-abiding company. There is no way we could know about the presence of methanol.
“The only way we could have known is if our suppliers, in good faith, disclosed it to us.
“In this particular case, the discovery was carried out by agents that noticed the emulsification in the service stations and they caught our attention.
“The subsequent investigation revealed that the four cargoes, all of the same source, also contained PMS mixed with methanol,” Kyari said.
Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC Limited
He said NNPC moved quickly to track down all affected products and quarantine them.
While assuring the Committee and Nigerians that measures have been put in place to speed up fuel supply and distribution in the country, the NNPC CEO said the company had placed significant orders for more than 2.1 billion liters of methanol-free PMS to ensure queues disappear in a few. days.
He promised that the NNPC would cooperate with the committee and the Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) to get to the root of the matter.
The NNPC CEO also expressed deep empathy with Nigerians for the current situation and assured that adequate measures have been put in place to maintain supply sufficiency and prevent future occurrences.
Also in the week, company CEOs applauded ongoing rehabilitation work at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC).
MDs who visited the refinery on an inspection of the ongoing rehab advised PHRC management to ensure that staff members take advantage of the rehab opportunity to gain specific expertise in key operational areas.
The three former MDs are Dr. Bafred Enjugu, who was in charge from 2014 to 2017; Mr. Shehu Malami, who was MD from 2017 to 2018 and Eng. Abba Bukar, the immediate former MD who retired in March 2020.
They expressed their satisfaction to be able to inspect the work underway and advised the management to administer the costs and guarantee a successful completion of rehabilitation.
In his remarks, Mr. Abba Bukar thanked PHRC management for the opportunity to see first-hand the work in progress and the staff who worked with him when he was at the helm of refinery affairs.
To manage the total cost of the project, Bukar advised PHRC management to evaluate all spare parts in stock to determine those that can be used in the ongoing rehabilitation as a way to save costs.
For his part, Mr. Shehu Malami called on PHRC management and staff to ensure the successful completion of the rehabilitation project within budget, as it is in the interest of all PHRC staff, whether in-service or retired.
He commended PHRC for achieving ISO recertification and called on the management team to ensure proper processes and procedures are followed, especially in the course of rehabilitation.
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In his comments, Dr. Bafred Enjugu advised PHRC management to take advantage of the opportunity rehabilitation offers to develop skills and expertise in specific areas such as rotating equipment, electrical and mechanical engineering.
He noted that the subject matter experts that would be developed through exposure to rehab would serve as repositories of knowledge that can be used to provide solutions elsewhere and as resource people throughout the company.
In addition, he said that PHRC management should pay attention that the products of the rehabilitation project that would later be refined in the plants would have a quality and specification standard.
Previously, PHRC CEO Dikko described the visiting former CEOs as professionals who gave their best to NNPC and the country’s refining sector, as they all worked at both Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) and at PHRC.
He said that by seeing the ongoing rehabilitation, the former doctors had shown the spirit of camaraderie, as their visit and support of the project would boost the spirit and morale of the staff.
Dikko said the visit showed that staff who had retired from the system still had critical roles to play in the business of the company.
He briefed former MDs on the progress made in rehabilitating the refinery and the corporate social responsibility efforts being made for the host communities.
Dikko said that these efforts had led to relative peace and assured that PHRC would continue to work with host communities through honest engagements and social investments that would create mutual benefits.
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