The Federal Government has revealed plans to deliver Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) on at least four key projects within the nation’s oil and gas industry by the end of the last quarter this year.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipreye Sylva, representing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the ongoing 24th World Energy Congress (WEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, made this position known on Tuesday at the Conference, stating that his vision was to bequeath a vibrant petroleum industry that shall guarantee long term strategic investments and prosperity for Nigerians.
“My plan is to ensure that during my tenure, four Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) are taken. I am sure that within the next quarter, we should be able to conclude on some of these FIDs so as to grow the industry,” the Minister stated, highlighting gas development also as part of government priority to fast track the industrialisation drive of the country.
“As you are aware, we are focusing on the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline project, which will address some of our power issues and encourage the setting up of local industries and businesses along different areas in Nigeria.”
Sylva also shed more light on the imperative of rehabilitating the nation’s refineries, saying that it was unsustainable for Nigeria to continue to import petroleum products.
The Minister said while private investment in the refining sector is encouraged, Government would focus more on the repair of its existing refineries.
“People are talking about modular refineries, we know that modular refineries are part of the solution but they can only be part of the solution and not the solutions themselves. So, we are going to try to encourage modular refineries but before that, we are going to really focus on repairing the existing refineries to ensure that we are back on stream very shortly,” he added, describing crude oil theft as “intractable” while stating that government was looking at practicable solutions to the menace.
Government, the minister further said, was examining the issue of reducing the cost of production through robust engagement with the International Oil Companies (IOCs) towards getting best value for all stakeholders.
According to the Minister, Nigeria needed to lend its voice to global energy fora as they remain some of the best platforms, where major decisions that impact the global energy landscape are taken.