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Nigeria gears up for roadshow to lure back oil majors to onshore drilling

Nigeria is gearing up to host a specialised oil and gas roadshow aimed at enticing back international energy companies that previously withdrew from its onshore sector, a senior government official announced on Monday. Following the departure of major players like Shell and Exxon, who shifted focus to deep offshore exploration, Nigeria has faced challenges in Read More…

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Dangote refinery overcomes ‘Oil Mafia’ sabotage attempts

In a revealing account at the recent Afreximbank Annual Meetings, Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest individual and founder of Dangote Group, shared a harrowing tale of resilience against sabotage attempts by local and international criminal entities on his ambitious $19 billion refinery project. Dangote described these entities as an “oil mafia,” which he suggests have vested Read More…

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Seplat Energy nears completion of ExxonMobil asset acquisition amidst legal hurdles

In a landmark move that could reshape the landscape of Nigeria’s oil industry, Seplat Energy is on the verge of concluding its acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Nigerian shallow water oil assets, valued at a colossal $1.28 billion. This development comes after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) withdrew its legal challenge against the sale, which had Read More…

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NBS reports drop in kerosene prices amidst increase in petrol imports

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reveals a decline in the average price of a litre of kerosene from N1,362.27 in December 2023 to N1,329.53 in January 2024, according to its “Kerosene Price Watch” released in Abuja on Wednesday. Highlighting the statistics, the NBS emphasises a 2.40% decrease in the January price compared to the Read More…

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Dangote Fertiliser Gets Major Boost as Shell Commits to $2.5 Billion Gas Supply Facility

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, received a significant boost for his fertiliser plant today as Shell and its partners announced a final investment decision to build a dedicated gas supply facility. The $2.5 billion Dangote Fertiliser and Petrochemical Plant, the largest urea complex in Africa, will receive 100 million standard cubic feet of gas per Read More…

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Shell’s exit sparks hope for Nigerian oil sector amid risks, analysts say

Shell’s recent departure from Nigeria’s onshore oil sector is seen as a pivotal moment, raising optimism among local firms to rejuvenate production in Africa’s largest oil exporter. Industry insiders and analysts emphasise the challenges faced by oil majors in the region but foresee opportunities for indigenous companies to reverse the output decline in the Niger Read More…

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Nigeria’s NNPC to supply 4 crude cargoes to Dangote Refinery as operations near commencement

Nigeria’s NNPC, the state oil company, is anticipated to provide four crude shipments from its February schedule to the Dangote refinery, set to begin operations following extensive construction delays, disclosed three sources familiar with the situation to Reuters. The highly-anticipated Dangote refinery, touted as Africa’s largest, is on the verge of commencing test runs and Read More…

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Dangote oil refinery prepares for test runs, aims for self-sufficiency and export

Nigeria’s Dangote oil refinery, funded by Aliko Dangote at a cost of $20 billion, is set to commence test runs potentially this week following the arrival of its sixth crude cargo on Monday, as disclosed by company officials. The refinery, with a capacity of 650,000 barrels per day (bpd), marks a significant milestone after enduring Read More…

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NNPC to complete test runs at Port Harcourt refinery this month

Nigerian state-owned oil firm NNPC Ltd. has announced that it will complete test runs at the Port Harcourt refinery in the south this month, marking a major step towards resuming operations after five years of shutdown. According to NNPC spokesperson Femi Soneye, “Testing will conclude shortly, ensuring the refinery’s efficient operation. That phase will be Read More…

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NNPC denies impending fuel price hike, urges public disregard for rumours

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. has refuted claims of an imminent rise in the cost of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, urging citizens to dismiss unfounded speculations regarding a potential fuel price hike. Mr. Olufemi Soneye, the Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Ltd., reaffirmed this stance in a statement Read More…