The Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC), Wednesday, stated that it has commenced the unbundling of the Pipelines and
Products Marketing Company, PPMC, into three different companies — a storage, pipelines and products marketing companies.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who stated this during a tour of the
Okrika Jetty and the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) Limited, also disclosed that the countries’ refineries would not be sold but joint venture partners with established track records of
success in refining would be invited to support the running of the refineries in order to ensure
Commenting on the unbundling of the PPMC, Kachikwu said, ”The PPMC would be split into a
pipelines company that would focus primarily on the maintenance of the over five thousand kilometers pipelines of the Corporation;a storage company that would maintain all the over 23 depots and a products marketing company that would market and
sell petroleum products.”
He maintained that the move would ensure that the right set of skills are rightly positioned and the
number of leakages in terms of pipelines break and products loss are reduced to the barest minimum.
He added that the ongoing phased rehabilitation of all the state-owned refineries would be given an
accelerated vigour with the aim of reducing petroleum products importation into the country,
adding that at full capacity, all the refineries could supply only 20 million litres of premium motor spirit otherwise known as petrol on a daily basis.
He also stated that efforts are in top gear to fix all the crude and petroleum products pipelines across the country stressing that the Nigerian Airforce would be engaged to provide aerial survey of the pipelines, the Nigerian Army Engineering corps to fix, the police the pipelines and the Nigerian Navy to provide marine surveillance for the network of
Kachikwu commended the NNPC’s Engineers for the successful execution of the ongoing phased
rehabilitation of the refineries while urging them to prepare a replacement programmes for obsolete spare parts of all the Corporation’s installations in
order to avoid intermittent shut down of facilities.
Speaking in the same vein, the Managing Director of the PHRC, Mr. Bafred Audu Enjugu said the ongoing phased rehabilitation of the company cost a little less than $10 million, about N2 billion, adding that the job was holistically carried out by indigenous engineers without any foreign support.
On her part, the Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited, Mrs. Esther Namdi-Ogbue assured the GMD that the company would think outside the box to provide solutions to all the challenges confronting the Company.