Whereas Nigeria’s daily consumption of petrol is put at 35 million litres, information available on the website of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, says the planned greenfield refineries can give the country 27,780,957 litres of refined products daily.
Initiated in 2005, the greenfield refineries are to be sited in Lagos, Bayelsa and Kogi states. Data culled from the website recently puts the premium motor spirit production capacity of the envisaged Lagos greenfield refineries at 14,248,626, Bayelsa at 6,408,018 and Kogi at 7,124,313.w
When operational, the three refineries are expected to meet over 90 per cent of the country’s PMS consumption need.
While this sounds like a consolation for a country that is grappling with importation-induced scarcity of PMS, nothing in the plan shows that the refineries will take off in the nearest future.
“The NNPC does not intend to build greenfield refineries on a sole risk basis. The strategy is to develop investment consortia (in partnership with other prospective local and foreign investors) for these projects while holding reasonable but minority interests. The refineries will be operated strictly on a commercial basis; completely market-oriented and profit motivated.
“The refineries will be modern state-of-the-art facilities and will yield very high percentage of white petroleum products. It is intended that the proposed ventures would operate as import substitution refineries, supplying refined products to consumers in the domestic market and export surplus to regional and other international markets,” the document promises.
Apart from the feasibility study, there is nothing on the website to show that any progress has been made on the ambitious project four years after the feasibility study was conducted. The initiative described as daring by some experts will be transferred, as it appears, to the incoming administration as a concept rather than a work-in-progress.
The NNPC promises to develop its business plan as well as promotional strategies. But that promise has not gone beyond a web statement, as there is no statement on the domain that points to a step taken to start the real ‘field’ work.
The initiative, says the NNPC, is a response to the lack of progress of the 18 private firms licensed to establish refineries in the country over a decade ago.

Johnson Alabi
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