NLNG Corporate Caring banner FirstGem 3rd anniversay lecture Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Confusion in oil industry as Buhari bans 100 tankers from Nigeria’s waters

By News Express on 06/08/2015

Gmail icon

Views: 3,553


President Muhammadu Buhari’s sudden, unexpected and seemingly unilateral decision to ban nearly 100 oil tankers from Nigeria’s waters has sown confusion in the operations of Africa’s largest crude exporter.

The edict directly from Buhari’s office appeared to be part of a campaign pledge to crack down on oil industry corruption and theft.

But the disarray it has caused, even three weeks on, underscores the problems Buhari faces in trying, as an oil industry outsider, to tackle problems in the sector head on.

“It’s a mess,” one trader said of the ban. “Nobody knows anything concrete.”

Buhari has kept the oil portfolio for himself for now, and said that he would not appoint ministers until September. Last month, he announced plans to cleave state oil firm NNPC in two, though details are vague, and sacked the chiefs of the Navy and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) – agencies that would help enforce the ban.

Some warn the ban could hurt the country’s near-term oil revenue more than the thieves it aims to stop.

“In the end, it’s going to make a much bigger problem for Nigeria than tanker owners,” said Ehsan Ul-Haq, senior market consultant with KBC Energy.

Traders are still struggling to get to grips with the list of tankers, which sources said is haphazard and confusing; while the headline number is 113 vessels, at least nine are listed twice, and shipping sources said one was scrapped in 2012.

Of the others, many have not called at Nigerian ports in years, if at all.

“The whole list stinks if a lot haven’t been to Nigeria for a long time,” one Nigeria-based oil industry,” executive said.

An NNPC spokesman and the head of crude marketing did not respond to several requests for comment. The presidency confirmed it had sent the list to NNPC but declined to elaborate on the rationale for vessels included.

Inside and outside Nigeria the origin of the list seemed to be in a locked box inside the president’s inner circle, and NNPC itself appeared only to have limited information. Oil traders who asked NNPC officials directly for answers said their attempts had borne little fruit.

Oil theft is rampant in Nigeria; the country has estimated losses at as much as $35 million per day – roughly a quarter of its gross domestic product.

Buhari has vowed to recover the “mind-boggling” amounts of stolen oil money, enlisting help from the United States.

The theft comes at various points – siphoned from pipelines, diverted from loaded vessels and via paper accounting fraud.

Much of the stolen physical oil, country observers say, ends up on very large crude carriers (VLCCs) like those now banned.

Some said the ban could be a shot across the bow at those engaged in illegal activities or who look the other way when it happens involving their ships.

“What NNPC appears to be doing is attempting to get vessel owners to be more proactive in ensuring their vessels are used only for legal business,” one trader said, noting this is an important goal for the country.

The source added, however: “It’s a fairly blunt instrument.”

The confusion has sparked concerns that more tankers could be added to the list. As a result, some could avoid Nigerian ports altogether, while others could demand higher rates to call there.

Some traders are also pressing for lower official selling prices from NNPC to compensate for any difficulty the ban creates; if successful, this would hit Nigeria's already battered revenue even harder.

“Nigerian grades have already been suffering ... this will increase their pain,” Ul Haq said, noting the global excess of crude. “They will soon realise this is not the right way of dealing with oil theft.”

•Adapted from a Reuters report. Photo of oil tankers courtesy of wikimedia.

Source News Express

Posted 06/08/2015 07:05:48 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Petition at ICC alleges ‘serious crimes’, ‘credible and...

Breaking: K-Peace wins Nigerian Idol Season 5 •Carts...

Obiano meets Anambra stakeholders, calls for partnership

Senate adamant on bill to gag social media...

Ondo Police suspends 2 officers over woman’s death...

CIA: Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing

Catholic Church threatens to pull out of CAN...

Bride mistakenly kills 17 family members in failed...

Shiite protests: Police, DHQ debunk Amnesty’s report

Pilgrims flock to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter Robert...

Joe Igbokwe lashes Adoration Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr....

Tribunals dismiss petitions against Ikpeazu, Ishaku Darius' guber...

 

Latest News 4 persons arrested over illegal possession of lion in Lagos Lawmakers jittery as constituents demand explanation over N1trn constituency projects Presidential Committee endorses Magu for re-appointment as EFCC Chairman Satguru Maharaj Ji backs Tinubu, Peter Obi for 2023 Presidency Father chains, locks up 10-year-old son over refusal to attend school NAF kills ISWAP leaders, destroys meeting venue in Borno Customs appoints 1 DCG, promotes 2,508 officers ASUU accuses Buhari administration of ‘greatest corruption in the land’ PDP Senators reject Bayelsa, Kogi election results No one can bring down your government, Ibadan youths assure Makinde Police arrests teacher who threatened to kill pupil after anal sex with him Bayelsa poll: We’ve no report against Jonathan — PDP NWC

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (564,226 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (452,966 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (402,258 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (336,744 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (304,300 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (282,898 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (259,301 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (257,540 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (239,052 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (225,475 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (201,856 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (198,511 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (110) Business & Economy (4,580) Business Verdict (87) Columnists (1,145) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (219) Entertainment (708) Features (845) Global Business Monitor (493) ICT Monitor (68) International (4,224) Interview (211) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (176) Maggie's Blog (490) News (54,202) Opinion (1,423) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,782) Religion (1,122) Sports (2,229) Stock Watch (40) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera