Nigeria, Niger republic to build oil refinery

Refinery used to illustrate the story.

The Federal government on Thursday announced plan to build an oil refinery by Nigeria and neighbouring Niger Republic.

A statement by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources said Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum resources, led a Nigerian government delegation to Niamey, the Nigerien capital, on Wednesday to discuss a firm agreement for the design and construction of the refinery.

The statement said the refinery will be strategically located at a border town between the two countries.

The move is in line with the commitment to collaboratively work across the region to ensure definitive solutions to the petroleum sector challenges, Mr. Kachikwu said.

He explained thagbthe plan will be “expressed through the construction of a refinery in the border town between the Republic of Niger and Katsina State, Nigeria and a crude oil pipeline from the Republic of Niger to the new refinery”.

The statement said that the minister held talks with president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, and the country’s energy minister Foumakoye Gado.

Mr. Kachikwu, according to the statement said: “Bilateral and technical agreements will be signed in coming days.”

Nigeria owns four refineries located in Kaduna, Warri and Portharcourt.

President Muhammadu Buhari had promised that he would fix the refineries during the 2015 electioneering.

But more than two years after he assumed power, a PREMIUM TIMES’ analysis of the operational report of the refineries prepared by the national oil firm, NNPC, showed that they have fared poorly since the government got into power.

The new deal with Niger Republic is coming at a point the nation is experiencing fuel scarcity which analysts have partly attributed to the moribund state of Nigeria’s refineries.


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  • Powerlessconscious

    Good step. The crude will come from Niger republic.

  • M

    Too thick to fix the existing refineries to refine Nigerian crude oil, you want to build a refinery that can only refine Nigerien crude? This government’s priorities are completely upside down. Why are you still focusing on oil when the rest of the world is going green?

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  • Sgt Soros

    What a dumbass move, we have 4 refineries that are currently in-operational due to neglect and yet we want to build a fifth refinery. This is the very definition of insanity, repeating the same mistakes and expecting a different result.

    • Powerlessconscious

      What do you want them to do? To continue waste money on the old refineries? Dangote refinery is already sure and it is the largest in Africa. A lot of modular refineries are also coming up in Nigeria delta. So you want govt to continue to waste money onnold refineries? Nigeria must progress. There is no time to waste again. God bless baba.

      • Sgt Soros

        Goverment should NOT be in the business of building and maintaining oil refineries because it breeds massive corruption. Private entities should be encouraged to build and maintain refineries by giving them special tax incentives.

        • Powerlessconscious

          They have deceived you. Do you know that most of the Chinese company you see in Africa are sent by Chinese government so that they can repatriate dollars back to China from their profit. Also, there are lot direct Chinese govt investment in the USA so that theory can send dollars back home from profit. Infact all the good countries in the world including invested in the USA to send dollars back home. In Australia, their govt is responsible for more than 50% of investment in order to make their money stay in their country.
          Therefore A government of any country can invest directly or indirect. If you use private every time. Any day there is SABOTAGE, the economy of your country will breakdown immediately because a private company can stop his business any fucking day and your economy will break down.

          • Sgt Soros

            What do the Chinese have to do with my assertion that the Nigerian Government should NOT be in the business of building and maintaining oil refineries?

            FYI, expatriate companies are not in Africa for charitable purposes. They sre there to expropriate their huge profits back to their home countries.

          • Du Covenant

            My broda, well said. There are critical industries that government must play a role for the reason you highlighted. The only private company in Nigeria that keeps growing and growing is the Dangote group and I am sure most of his critical management positions are not occupied by Nigerians because of our attitude towards everything. Arik Air is meant to be ‘private’, how is it being managed that it is always running to government for help after how many years in business. How are those indigenous private oil companies doing?, how is Globacom being managed?, because I am a Nigerian, by now I would have expected Glo to be the pace setter in our country by all metrics. All you see are dubious promos, poor quality of service and unsuspecting Nigerian being fleeced as usual. I cited these examples to highlight the fundamental problem not being Government building refineries but the Nigerians hired to manage and maintain these facilities. These Nigerians that have sabotaged our refineries in our country are the ones that have brought shame to all of us as a nation. The annoying thing is, we don’t feel any sense of embarrassment telling the world that we import refined petroleum products.

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