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Baru Tasks New NNPC Boss On Achievements

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The outgoing Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru has urged his successor, Malam Mele Kyari, to exceed the milestones recorded by his management.
A statement issued by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, yesterday in Abuja said Baru gave the charge while receiving Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, who led a delegation from the state on a courtesy visit to him.
He expressed optimism that Kyari, as a thoroughbred professional and product of the NNPC system, would deploy his cognate experience, expertise and exposure to deliver greater achievements.
Baru noted that the incoming GMD played critical roles in delivering various projects that had reformed the corporation within a short period adding that being part of the corporation’s new vision, Kyari is in a vantage position to perform better.
“We came in at a time when the country was experiencing low production, low staff morale and high rate of pipeline vandalism. However, we worked hard as a team, surmounted the challenges and finished strong.
“I am, therefore, glad that one of us, with professional competence and experience, will be taking over from me,” he said.
Commenting, Zulum congratulated Kyari on his appointment and expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for finding a son of Borno State worthy of the honour.
He called on the GMD-designate to discharge his duties to the best of his ability without compromising national interest.
The governor appreciated the outgoing GMD for his mentorship and training that had prepared Kyari for the enviable position in the nation’s largest oil and gas company.
Zulum commended the smooth and unique handover process, emphasising that the privilege pointed to the integrity of Baru.
Buhari had, on June 20, announced the appointment of Kyari as the new GMD of NNPC.
Kyari is scheduled to assume duty on July 8 after Baru’s retirement from service on July 7.

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NLNG Spends $30bn On Gas Plants, Infrastructure In Bonny

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The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) has invested over 30 billion US dollars (N10.8 trillion) to build gas facilities and other infrastructures in Bonny Island, Rivers, an official said.
Managing Director of NLNG Mr Tony Attah disclosed this yesterday at the end of week-long activities marking the company’s 20/30 Anniversary Celebration.
The Tide reports that NLNG used the occasion to celebrate its 20 years of operation in Bonny and 30 years of incorporation as a company.
The NLNG, Attah said, invested parts of the huge sum to build gas plants, known as Train 1, 2, 3,4, 5 and 6 as well as the ongoing construction of another Train 7 project.
“NLNG’s combined scale of investment in Bonny Kingdom is more than 30 billion dollars in assets, making it the most developed community in the Niger Delta.
“Our several accomplishments in the kingdom, ranged from our provision of modern road network, potable water and Finima Nature Park to residents of Bonny.
“Also, we invested in electricity that perhaps has made Bonny the only community in Nigeria with 99 per cent electricity and a preferred investors and tourist destination,” he said.
Attah further said the company has completed construction of Airstrip that could receive more than 60-passenger capacity aircrafts, making it one of the largest airstrip in Africa.
He said the company has provided N60.3 billion counterpart funding for the construction of N120.6 billion 34 kilometre Bonny-Bodo road project connecting Bonny Island to rest of the country.
“The ongoing road project, which we are co-sponsoring with the Federal Government, is expected to be completed within 48 months, thus triggering development and tourism in the area.
“We have also launched the malaria elimination initiative as well as the Bonny Community Health Insurance Programme in conjunction with Rivers State Government to provide affordable healthcare for the people.
“The company achieved these milestones due to the cordial and peaceful relationship existing between Bonny and Nigeria LNG in the last 20 years,” he added.
The managing Director later laid foundation for the reconstruction of Bonny Consulate Building, a historic building once used by slave merchants to transport slaves abroad.
Attah said the building would be equipped with a museum, library, movie hall, radio station, cafe, seminar/exhibition hall, souvenir shop and offices.

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NNPC Tasks NLNG Shareholders On Production Capacity

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has challenged shareholders of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to work towards expanding the production capacity of the company beyond Train 7.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, gave the charge in a statement signed by the Acting Spokesman for the corporation, Mr Samson Makoji in Abuja, last Friday
Kyari spoke during the signing ceremony of a 2.5 billion dollar pre-payment agreement between NNPC and NLNG for upstream gas development projects to supply gas to NLNG Trains 1 – 6.
He said the agreement would help to resolve the issues around gas supply to Trains 1 – 6, adding that there was need to fast-track action on the process of bringing more trains on stream.
He noted that though NLNG had been a huge success as a company, it must go beyond its current achievements and initiate other viable projects capable of generating better return on investment.
“Actually, our thinking should be on what else we can do or what other projects we can work on as quickly as possible to take advantage of the enormous potential in the country.
“ There is also the need for us to take advantage of what is happening in the global market and do things very differently.
“There are opportunities there and our company must move into those locations and we must move fast,” he added.
The GMD said the pre-payment gas supply agreement was a milestone which aligned with the Federal Government’s aspirations of monetising the nation’s enormous gas resources.
He added it would also help in protecting the Federation’s investment in the NLNG, ensuring full capacity utilization (22mtpa LNG and 5mtpa NGLs) of Trains 1-6 plants, generating employment, and providing new vistas of growth opportunities in the nation’s LNG sector.
Earlier in his address, the Managing Director of NLNG, Mr Tony Attah, noted that the signing of the gas supply pre-payment agreement was a significant step towards ensuring the company’s business sustainability and competitiveness.
He called for support to ensure that the Final Investment Decision on the Train 7 Project would be taken in 2019 without failure.
He added that the project was no longer an ambitious one in the light of developments in the global LNG market.
The signing of the gas supply pre-payment agreement  was witnessed by the Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr Osagie Okunbor, and representatives of Total, Eni/NAOC, among others.

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FG Launches Operation White To Check Fuel Diversion

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has launched the “Operation White” project geared toward ensuring transparency and accountability of petroleum product supply and distribution in Nigeria.
Sylva, represented by the Executive Secretary of Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), Mr Ahmed Boboi, said in Lagos last Friday that the essence was to entrench energy security.
He said it would also deepen the drive for transparency in the downstream operations.
Sylva said the strategic initiative was aimed at deploying adequate measures in ensuring that all molecules of regulated petroleum products imported by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were well accounted for and utilised.
“NNPC will continue to record excellent performance in product supply and distribution to the nation.
“It is doing what it is supposed to do as supplier of last resort, but the reality is the nation bears a great cost in terms of absorbing the shocks of differences in cost.
“It is critical that all hands be put on deck to ensure that every molecule of product imported into this country is utilised within the borders of this nation for the benefit of Nigerian populace.
“This is a national imperative and a core thrust of Mr President’s mandate for leadership of the oil and gas industry.

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