Facts has emerged that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was not a party to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently with a United States firm, Vulcan Petroleum Resources Limited and an indigenous company, Petroleum Refining and Strategic Reserve Limited, for the construction of six modular refineries in Nigeria.
A highly placed NNPC source said that the NNPC’s top management was consulted by the Trade Ministry in respect of the refinery deal. He said the corporation had no hand in the project and is currently not in partnership with either the trade ministry, US firm or the Nigerian company in respect of the said modular refinery project.
Announcing the $4.5 billion refinery project last month, Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga had stated that the six refineries, which will have a combined capacity of refining 180,000 barrels of oil per day would be built in collaboration with the NNPC. Aganga, who signed on behalf of the Federal Government, had stated that two of the refineries would be completed within the next 12 months, while the others will be completed within the short to medium-term.
The minister had also noted that the refineries would be located in areas where there are crude oil pipelines, adding that when completed, each modular plants will refine up to 30,000 barrels of crude oil per day and produce up to five million litres of petrol, diesel and kerosene.