By Moses Obajemu
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has saved over $3bn from arbitration, Mele Kyari, the oil firm’s group managing director, announced on Tuesday in Abuja.
Kyari disclosed this when he engaged workers of the corporation in a town hall meeting that also involved the participation of the corporation’s outstation staff.
He commended the management of the corporation’s legal division for the savings, adding that its due diligence accounted for the feat.
He told employees of the firm that it was imperative for the corporation to increase its level of efficiency, reduce cost and increase revenue across the value chain of its businesses within the shortest period possible.
Kyari also examined his tenure as NNPC boss, noting that some remarkable successes had been recorded within the period.
The achievements, he explained, included the attainment of over two billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit or petrol reserve, completion of Phase One of Port Harcourt refinery rehabilitation exercise and discovery of oil in Kolmani River-II Well.
Others were the re-opening of OML 25 flow station after two years of inactivity as a result of community issues between the host community/Belema Oil and Shell Petroleum Development Company; and signing of an agreement with Nigerian Agip Oil Company to formalise the transfer of OMLs 60, 61 and 63 to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.
He further named the execution of a funding, technical services agreement and alternative financing deal worth $3.15bn for OML 13 and $876m for OML 65 as achievements.
The NNPC boss stated that the signing of $2.5bn prepayment agreement with Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited for upstream gas supply for trains 1-6; finalisation of the 2018 audit of the NNPC Group and improved engagement with key stakeholders were also achieved under his tenure.
Kyari unveiled the banners of the corporation’s downstream company, NNPC Retail Limited, and said the move was with a view to positioning the company as a market leader in the product distribution sub-sector across the country.