Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it will establish two condensate refineries with a total refining capacity of 200,000 barrels per day.
The corporation disclosed this in a statement signed by its spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ughamadu said that the refineries would be located at the Western Forcados Area and Assah North areas of Delta and Imo State respectively.
Natural gas condensate is a low-density mixture of hydrocarbon liquids present as gaseous components in the raw natural gas produced from natural gas fields.
Ughamadu said that the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, made the disclosure at the bid opening for the provision of consultancy services to carry out a feasibility study for the refineries.
He said that the establishment of the green refineries was part of the strategies to eliminate importation of petroleum products and guarantee energy security for the country.
According to him, it will also increase gas supply to power plants in parts of the country.
He added that the condensate refineries which would operate along the NLNG model, would increase the nation’s revenue base, provide jobs for the people and save for the country a lot of foreign exchange.
Baru said that the strategic initiative would increase the energy security for the nation and grow the NNPC refining capacity from 445,000 barrels per day to 645,000 barrels per day.
He said that the refineries, when fully operational, would increase gas supply to power plants in parts of the country.
He said: “The condensate refineries are going to be fully on commercial basis and we intend to get partners that would invest.
“We are willing to get partners and operate in a similar manner with NLNG model, where we could just get a majority share but not a controlling share.”
He further noted that the model would allow the private sector to have the confidence to drive the plants and ensure that the bureaucracy of government business was removed.
He said: “When the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill becomes fully operational, the National Petroleum Company would be steady as it would be governed by the Companies and Allied Matters Act.”
The GMD affirmed that the initiative was in line with the overall objective of the Federal Government to grow the economy to seven per cent of the Gross Domestic Product by 2020, through the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
He said the target of the NNPC was to ensure that sufficient power and fuels were available to drive the growth in the economy, adding that the bid opening was the first step to realising the condensate refineries ambition.
Baru said: “It is a great day for me and NNPC and am happy that we have got some bids from companies who are willing to carry out the feasibility study for the NNPC.
“The refineries will stem the incidences of pipeline vandalism; the refineries will also be an opportunity for the nation to restart the Aviation Turbine Kerosene production.’’
In his presentation, the Group General Manager, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Bala Wunti, said the move was a strategic step that would preserve the NNPC market share at the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the nation’s hydrocarbon value chain.
He added that the bid opening was a history making opportunity geared toward securing the future of the corporation.
Also,the Manager, Supply Chain Management of the NNPC, Engr. Sandy Heman, said the public bid opening was sequel to the 2007 provisions of the Public Procurement Act.