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Nigeria eyes $48 Billion in Energy Funding: 2018 -2025

Nigeria sees itself acquiring oil and gas investments worth $48 billion between 2018 and 2025, which is 25% of a $194 billion surge of capital anticipated to flow into Africa during the eight-year period, according to the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

“The nation’s energy outlook comes out very positive even amidst the tough operating and economic headwinds across the continent,” Maikanti Baru, the outgoing group managing director of the company also known as NNPC, said at an oil and gas conference in the capital, Abuja. “For Nigeria, therefore, oil and gas remain important building blocks for our economic growth.”

Crude output for Africa’s largest producer is resently in the region of 2.2 million to 2.3 million barrels per day, with reserves at 37.5 billion barrels, the second-biggest in Africa after Libya’s, according to Baru. Nigeria also has the ninth largest gas reserves at 201 trillion cubic feet and an estimated potential of 600 trillion cubic feet, he said.

These resources provide convenience for investors and the government is determined to create the environment that will help drive the necessary investments in a sustainable manner, according to the state oil company. Given increasing local demand for petroleum products, the NNPC has sunstained a shift in its business model to focus more on domestic refining of crude.

“The recent fiscal challenge accomplished by the nation places a burden for change,”Baru said. “Hence, we have undertaken to extend the base of investment sources.”

Baru, who will officially retire from the corporation on July 7, will be attained by Mele Kyari, the former head of the crude-marketing division.  

Source : bloomberg.com
Posted On: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

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