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IOCs frustrating rollout of petrol – Dangote Refinery

IOCs frustrating rollout of petrol - Dangote Refinery

Dangote Group has accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the country of deliberately sabotaging Dangote Refinery’s plan to roll out petrol into the market

IOCs frustrating rollout of petrol - Dangote Refinery
IOCs frustrating rollout of petrol – Dangote Refinery

According to the company, the IOCs are doing this to ensure that the country remains dependent on petrol imports perpetually.

It added that they have employed underhand tactics in crude pricing and deliberately stalling supply to frustrate Dangote Refinery.

Vice President of Oil and Gas, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Devakumar Edwin, made this known yesterday in Lagos.

He, however, added that despite these challenges, the refinery is on its last lap of testing ahead of roll out next month.

He explained that the IOCs have raised local crude prices above the international market price, forcing it to import crude from countries as far as the United States, with its attendant high costs.

He also criticised the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), for granting licences indiscriminately to marketers, who, according to the firm, import “dirty refined products into the country”.

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Edwin said: “The Federal Government issued 25 licences to build refineries and we are the only one that delivered on promise.

“In effect, we deserve every support from the government. It is good to note that from the start of production, more than 3.5 billion litres, which represents 90 per cent of our production, have been exported.

“We are calling on the Federal Government and regulators to give us the necessary support in order to create jobs and prosperity for the nation.”

According to him, while the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has been trying its best to allocate crude to Dangote Refinery, such efforts are being frustrated by the IOCs.

Speaking further, Edwin said: “It seems that the IOCs’ objective is to ensure that our Petroleum Refinery fails.

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“It is either they are deliberately asking for ridiculous/humongous premium or they simply state that crude is not available.

“At some point, we paid $6 over and above the market price. This has forced us to reduce our output as well as import crude from countries as far as the U.S., increasing our cost of production.

“It appears that the objective of the IOCs is to ensure that Nigeria remains a country which exports crude oil and imports refined petroleum products.

“They (IOCs) are keen on exporting the raw materials to their home countries, creating employment and wealth for their countries, adding to their GDP, and dumping the expensive refined products into Nigeria – thus making us dependent on imported products.

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