NPA tasks NMLA on interpretation of maritime laws

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has tasked the Nigerian Maritime Law Association (NMLA) with improved synergy and legal support in the interpretation of bills especially the Ports and Harbours and the Nigerian Transport Commission (NTC) bills presently at the National Assembly.

Usman made this remark when the Executive Members of the NMLA led by its President, Chidi Ilogu (SAN) paid her a courtesy visit at the Organization’s Corporate Headquarters, Marina, Lagos, on Tuesday.

Reps move to establish fishery research institute

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, passed through second reading, a Bill for an Act to Establish the Fisheries Research Institute of Nigeria.

The sponsor of the Bill, Rep. Abiante Awaji-Inombek (Rivers-PDP), in his lead debate said the institute when established will cater for Fisheries Research, Education and Cooperative Training in Nigeria.

Awaji-Inombek said that the institute will provide training in modern methods and technology in fishing, disseminate research information and innovative technologies to end users.

House Committee commends NIMASA on budget implementation

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has received commendations from the House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration for its performance in the 2017 budget implementation adding that NIMASA should strive to improve on its performance in 2018.

The commendation was made by the House Committee led by its Chairman, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago who expressed delight on the Agency’s strides in repositioning the Nigerian maritime sector since the inception of this administration during an oversight visit to the Agency today.

Modular refineries won’t solve petrol supply deficit – Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said that contrary to expectations in certain quarters, the proposed modular refineries in the Delta region of the country would not bridge the petrol supply deficit Nigeria is currently experiencing.

Kachikwu, who briefed alongside his counterparts in Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment and Water Resources, spoke to State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Nigeria to cut sulfur in fuels a year after U.N. deadline

Nigeria will begin cutting the sulfur levels allowed in imported fuels in July, a change long sought by health and environmental campaigners, a year after an initial deadline, an official at state oil company NNPC said.

West African nations had promised higher quality by July 2017 as part of a United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)campaign, but only Ghana met the deadline.

NCDMB tasks firm on expansion into downstream sector

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote has advised the management of Benkline Nigeria Limited to expand the company’s operations to the downstream subsector of the oil and gas industry and manufacture components for the modular refineries planned by various investors.

The Executive Secretary gave the advice in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday when he led top management of the Board and representatives of international and indigenous operating companies on a facility visit to the company.

Buhari appoints new head for oil region amnesty

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a new coordinator for the implementation of the amnesty granted to militants who disarmed in the southern Niger River delta, home to the country’s oil and gas industry.

Charles Dokubo, a political science professor at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos, will replace Paul Boroh, a retired general, according to an emailed statement by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina.

Buhari also ordered an investigation of allegations of “financial impropriety” in the implementation of the amnesty program, he said.

Nigerian sales stall as cheap alternatives, maintenance weigh

Nigerian crude looked set for a sizeable overhang on Tuesday with more than half the April programme still available and the May schedules due out within the next week.

Demand has been weak as refinery maintenance in both Europe and Asia is set to peak in May. April loading Angolan has sold better than Nigerian, with less than 10 cargoes left.

The differential for Russian Urals has slumped in the last few weeks, prompting European refiners to favour the medium, sour grade instead of expensive west African crude, a trader said.

$12b trans-Sahara gas project to miss 2018 deadline

The $12 billion Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline Project (TSGP), expected to help Nigeria achieve zero gas flaring by 2020, remains an illusion, 17 years after it was conceived.

The project should have been completed this year.

Nigeria signed a treaty with Niger and Algeria in 2009 to build the pipeline, which should begin from Calabar and pass through Kano to the border.

The estimated length is about 4,400 km, with over 1,037 km in Nigeria, 853 km in Niger, 2,310 km in Algeria, and 220 km connecting Algeria to Spain.

A.A. Rano joins race, targets 45,000bpd refinery

Not too long ago, it would have been a daunting task to convince Nigerians that in less than a decade, there would be tangible prospects of the establishment of over a dozen modular refineries across the country.

However, from a state of absolute inactivity and excessive caution, Nigeria’s downstream sector has recently witnessed an influx of investments that suggest the country’s perennial issues with fuel scarcity might just be nearing an end.


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