The board members of the NNPC Greenfield Refinery Limited has been charged by the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari, to explore all available options to bring an end to the current challenge of petroleum products importation.
Kyari stated this while inaugurating the Board of the newly incorporated subsidiary of the Corporation, NNPC Greenfield Refinery Limited (NGRL), at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, on Thursday.
The NNPC director advised members of the board in a statement released through the group general manager group public affairs division Nigerian national petroleum corporation NNPC Towers, Abuja, Garba Deen Muhammad.
The NNPC Greenfield Refinery Limited is a subsidiary of the Corporation set up in December 2020 with a mandate to oversee the establishment and operation of new refineries.
Kyari, who is also the Chairman of the NGRL Board, challenged members of the Board to focus on profitability in order to remain afloat and avoid liquidation.
The statement reads, “As a business, this is a big opportunity for us and this company’s balance sheet must change positively. Going forward, with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), I can tell you that if you continue to post negative for three years, you are out. So, there is really no excuse.”
The GMD also advised the Board and Management Team of the new company to set up a proper structure with the required skills, technology and financing to drive the company’s operations, adding that he was optimistic that the company would be able to achieve its mandate.
Kyari added, “Our company must grow and we can’t do well except we are able to process our products whether it is the liquid or gas. If we don’t monetize it then we have done nothing. This is really a new chapter and we are committed to making it work.”
The NNPC helmsman stated that all the Corporation’s initiatives in the areas of new refineries, condensate refineries and equity acquisition incredible private refineries were geared towards ensuring energy security for the country.
In his remarks, the Alternate Chairman of the Board and Group Executive Director, Refinery and Petrochemicals, Engr. Mustapha Yakubu, declared that the operations of the company would be guided by the principles of cost-effectiveness in line with the new Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), noting that profitability would be the key focus.
The Group General Manager, Greenfield Refineries and Project Division (GRPD) and Managing Director of the NGRL, Engr. Bege Talson while speaking at NNPC Towers noted that the Division was working with third-party investors to establish greenfield, modular and condensate refineries with a combined capacity of 250,000barrels per stream day (bpsd).
He noted that members of his team are committed to run the company profitably.
Other members of the Board include Group Executive Director, Finance & Accounts, Mr Umar Ajiya; Managing Director of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), Engr. Oluwaseyi Omotowa; Managing Director of NNPC Retail, Mrs Elizabeth Aliyuda; Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Mr Muhammad Ali-Zarah; and Tolulope Olubommo as Company Secretary and Legal Adviser.