NNPC Employs DSS Support On Product Monitoring

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said it will henceforth engage the Department of State Services (DSS) in the tracking of disbursement of petroleum products to marketers as a means ensuring such products gets to the designated destinations.
The Corporations said the move is part of an elaborate strategy it is deploying to sustain supply of Premium Motor Spirit, (petrol), Automotive Gas Oil, diesel, and Dual Purpose Kerosene, DPK, otherwise called kerosene, nationwide.
A statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu said the measure is part of resolutions reached after an emergency meeting on the Corporation’s downstream operations held in Abuja between the weekend and Monday.
According to the statement, the meeting which was chaired by the Acting NNPC Group Managing Director, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, took specific measures aimed at ensuring sufficient supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country in the month of February. The measures included import of six additional cargoes to the existing national PMS sufficiency of over 32 days; immediate importation of three additional Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) cargoes before the end of February; and an order for massive 250 trucks per day loading of AGO and DPK, from across the three NNPC refineries in Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Warri.
Engr. Mohammed said the move to provide additional PMS cargoes of 37,000 tonnes each was to give further comfort and stability to the robust petrol sufficiency nationwide.
He added that, “NNPC would transmit the full list of marketers involved in off-taking AGO and DPK to the Department of State Services (DSS) for appropriate follow-up by the security agency to forestall possibility of any stakeholders engaging in foul play.
The statement disclosed that other measure the Corporation has taken, apart from ramping up fuel supply nationwide, is an expansion of daily truck load-out of petrol, diesel and kerosene, even during weekends to ensure improved products delivery to the hinterland.
The Corporation said it would provide additional marine logistics, all geared toward improving products movements from offshore to land, to cater for additional PMS supply nationwide.
Engr. Mohammed charged downstream operators to immediately implement measures that would sustain adequate supply and distribution of petrol, diesel and kerosene to every nook and cranny of the Country.
The corporation said as it planned to obtain, from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), an AGO Foreign Exchange (FOREX) intervention to marketers as well as Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Associations (DAPPMAN).
Adding that it would convert the existing issued $144m PMS FOREX intervention to AGO.
The statement further explained the Corporation has also developed a comprehensive and clear deadline for the completion of the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline and commenced shipment of AGO to Calabar.

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