Dangote to get full commissioning, license to operate – NMDPRA

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) on Tuesday, April 30, revealed that sonner or later it will commission the 650,000b/d Dangote Petroleum Refinery fully.

The authority also said it will issue a license to the refinery to operate very soon.

NMDPRA, Chief Executive, Farouk Ahmed, made this known in Abuja during the “Stakeholders’ Consultation Forum on Midstream and Petroleum Host Community Development Trust Regulations.”

Represented by the Executive Director, Distribution Systems Storage Retailing Infrastructure, Ogbugo Ukoha, he noted that only three refineries have three valid licenses in the country.

“We have issue three refineries with three valid licenses. We awarded to Dangote Refinery even in their pre- commissioning and sooner than later they will have full commission and a valid license to also operate,” he said.

Ahmed also noted that about 15 gas facilities in the country have valid licenses while more are undergoing processing.

According to him, there are 1,199 facilities with valid licenses in the downstream.

He also disclosed that there are more than 176 operators, who hold gas import permits.

The Authority Chief Executive also noted that there are 130 depots with valid licenses while 69 hold valid coastal vessels licenses.

In terms of retail, Ahmed revealed that NMDPRA has licensed 9,464 retail outlets as at 10:00am of 30th April, 2024.

He said: “In the gas processing facility, within the midstream, there are about 15 of them with valid licenses. And much are under processing. 

“If you go to the downstream, in the gas state of the downstream,  there are facilities more that 1,199 facilities are with NMDPRA valid licenses. 

“More than 176 operators hold gas import permits. In the liquid licensing side of the downstream, there are 130 depots with valid licenses, coastal vessels of more than 69 valid licenses as at today. 

“And in the retail outlets, we have 9,464 licensed retail outlets as at 10:00am today 30th April.”

On the essence of including midstream and downstream as part of the  Host Community, he noted that emissions and effluence affect them.

Driving home his point, he imagined the emissions from the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG). 

He explained that he rolled out the data on the midstream and downstream for the stakeholders to appreciate their spread.

He urged the stakeholders to which facility should come under the Host Community and the criteria in order to infuse it into the regulation.

According to him, the Authority organized the forum for the stakeholders to ventilate their ideas.

In his goodwill message, the House Committee on Host Community, Chairman, Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor, vowed that any industry player that is found wanting in the implementation of the regulation has to bear the legal consequences.

He said: “Any player found wanting will be made to face the full consequences of the law.”

He urged the forum to consider the objectives that should give sense of ownership to the Host Community dwellers.

He advised that the repeal should also strengthen the relationship among to the companies, government and the communities.

The chairman said: “As we review the draft regulation, the objectives which includes the need to transmit sense of ownership and inclusion to the people who live in and around the house communities. 

“There is the essential need to repeal and strengthen the trust between the companies and the community and between the community and the government.” 

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