NNPC moves to replace adulterated petrol
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Limited has run to trading firms seeking emergency supplies of gasoline to replace cargoes that were rejected because of their poor quality.
Lagos and Abuja are currently facing fuel shortages and queues built up outside some petrol stations over the weekend.
The NNPC is seeking about 500,000 tonnes of petrol a sources told Reuters.
Two sources with direct knowledge of the matter spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.
NNPC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Nigeria depends almost entirely on imports to meet its domestic gasoline needs after many failed initiatives to revamp its dilapidated refineries. Daily gasoline consumption is roughly 40 million litres.
NNPC handles nearly all these imports through crude-for-fuel contracts, known as direct sale, direct purchase (DSDP), with consortia of local and foreign oil firms.
Each consortium receives 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil in exchange for products, making the combined total about 320,000 bpd of Nigeria’s output.
Nigeria produced about 1.5 million bpd of crude in January. OPEC/O
Cheap fuel is one of the few benefits the average Nigerian feels they get from the government, which sets price caps at the pump through a controversial and patchy subsidy scheme.
With soaring oil prices, the emergency stop-gap will be costly. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday Nigeria should axe subsidies due to a widening budget deficit.