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Siemens Power deal: FG to collaborate with Egypt

Nigeria is set to collaborate with Egypt towards a total overhaul of the power grid and distribution systems.

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FG set to create at least 5 million jobs for youths in the power sector – Minister of Power , Consortium of Western investors to inject upwards of $5 billion in Nigeria's renewable energy sector, Power: Nigeria's deal with Siemens - the birth of a new era?

President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the Ministry of Power to work with the Egyptian government on an effective rollout of the  Presidential Power Initiative with German engineering company Siemens AG.

This was disclosed by Mr. Aaron Artimas, Special Adviser, Media and Communication to the Minister of Power,  in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

The Special Adviser revealed that the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, disclosed this in a meeting with the  Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ihab Awad, citing that the FG wants to learn from Egypt’s successful implementation of a power upgrade with Siemens AG.

READ: Plan to overhaul Nigeria’s Power grid attracts investors – Siemens

“The President had reasoned that obtaining more information from Egypt will enable Nigeria to maximize our agreement with Siemens, towards the total overhaul of our power grid and distribution systems,” he said.

The Power Minister said that the FG would leverage on Egypt’s rollout programme also and added that both countries would also collaborate on renewable energy, and improving other sectors of the electricity value chain.

What you should know 

  • Nairametrics reported that the FG  and Siemens AG have signed a contract for the pre-engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative.
  • In 2018, Siemens, Elsewedy Electric, and Orascom Construction launched a 14.4 GW  project under 30 months including the largest combined cycle megaprojects in Beni Suef, Egypt.

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FG reacts to reports of revoking 32 refinery licenses

The FG has denied revoking 32 refinery licenses that were issued to some private companies across the country.

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Edo Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited's operations to kick-start

The Federal Government has denied revoking 32 refinery licenses that were issued to some private companies across the country.

The reaction follows reports making the rounds in some section of the media that the government has revoked some refinery licenses that it had earlier issued within a period of 3 years.

This clarification is contained in a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), on behalf of the agency on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Lagos.

The DPR said that the refinery licenses have validity periods for the investors to achieve certain milestones and would become inactive after its expiration until the company reapplies.

READ: Nigeria’s debt sentence: The burden of the Port Harcourt refinery

What DPR is saying

The DPR in its statement said, “We wish to clarify that DPR did not revoke any refinery licence. Refinery licenses, like our other regulatory instruments, have validity periods for investors to attain certain milestones.

This implies that after the validity period for the particular milestone, the licence becomes inactive until the company reapplies for revalidation to migrate to another milestone. This does not in any way translate to revocation of the licence of the company.”

READ: FG explains why it revoked 4 Addax Petroleum Oil Mining Licenses

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The DPR, in line with the aspirations of the government, initiated the refinery revolution programme of the country to boost local refining capacity by enabling business and creating new opportunities for new investors with the granting of modular and conventional refinery licenses to investors.

He emphasized that the regulatory agency would continue to support investors in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria using its regulatory instruments such as licences, permits and approvals to stimulate the economy and align with the government’s job creation initiatives.

READ: FG to extend fuel subsidy for 6 months

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Earlier on, some media reports suggested that the DPR had revoked refinery licenses that were issued to some companies for being inactive beyond the validity period. These refineries include modular refineries and conventional plants.

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FG to extend fuel subsidy for 6 months

Reports indicate that the FG plans to spend N720 billion for the next 6 months on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidies.

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Subsidy and PIB, petrol price, PPPRA, We have sufficient PMS stock for 38 days- DPR 

The Nigerian Government may have suspended plans to end its subsidy payments as reports indicate that the FG plans to spend N720 billion for the next 6 months on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidies.

This was disclosed in an exclusive report by The Guardian on Sunday, citing that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered that the subsidies remain in place for the next 6 months.

“Specifically, President Buhari has asked the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to suspend any idea on subsidy removal for five to six months so that a plan that does not harm ordinary Nigerians is evolved if the deregulation must go on,” a Government official said.

READ: FG to meet with State Governors over electricity, fuel prices

What you should know 

  • NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari disclosed last month that the “NNPC may no longer be in a position to carry that burden because we cannot continue to carry it in our books,” after reports of fuel imports under-recovery revealed the FG was spending N120 billion a month on subsidy.
  • Kyari also hinted that they may soon start selling PMS at market prices saying: “NNPC importing PMS at market price and selling at N162/L. The actual market price should be between N211 and N234/L. Meaning is that consumers are not paying the market price.
  • “NNPC is currently the sole importer of PMS, and we’re trying to exit the underpriced sale of PMS. Eventual exit is inevitable, when it will happen I cannot say, but engagements are ongoing because the government is cognisant of the implications.”

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