The revitalisation of Nigeria’s ailing refineries will be handled by Indian companies, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) made this known during a courtesy visit by a high profile commission of the South Asian country.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Maikanti Baru said Nigeria will recruit Indian companies for the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the refineries, while urging them to expand their reach in the Nation’s petroleum industry.
The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency, Abhay Thakur was informed of this move during his visit to the corporation’s head office, and was also assured of NNPC’s commitment to further strengthen the existing relations between both countries in the energy sector.
According to a report by Independent, Baru had in his new-year statement disclosed that successive government didn’t do Turn-Around Maintenance on the nation’s refineries in the last 42years, adding that the current administration would expedite action to bring them alive.
The NNPC’s spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu quoted Baru in the statement where he implored the Indian firms to extend their presence to the downstream sector of the Petroleum Industry to leverage on the enormous opportunities there, stating that the corporation acknowledges the role of Indian companies in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency, Thakur, commended Nigeria for its support to India in the area of energy security, stressing that Nigeria had been contributing significantly to India’s energy needs.
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