There won’t be open bidding for Nigeria’s refineries – Kachikwu
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu has revealed that there will not be an open bidding for refineries’ repair.
Kachikwu made this known while speaking in Vienna, Austria yesterday at the ongoing 172nd OPEC meeting.
He said refineries concession “is a highly technical area, what we have done is to invite those who have experience in refining, but it’s open, anybody who feels he has the skills and has the money is welcome. It is not just about the skills but the money too.
“Remember, we don’t have the money, and what we call them in is to rebuild, help us manage and recoup their money from the incremental production and that is ongoing, it has not been decided, the entire three refineries are up for the refurbishing scheme.”
Kachikwu also stated that the Federal Government had decided to concede all four refineries in the country by August 2017.
He added that “we hope to award the contracts by July/August and hopefully between 12 to 18 months to be able to get the refineries fully back, and the model is to bring investors, who will repair the refineries and they recoup their money from the incremental production.
“We are ready to offer all the three refineries for investors who have money to repair and manage.
“People keep mentioning AGIP and OANDO Plc but nobody has made the final decision on those, they are probably the front runners because they put a lot of work on that but I am not on the technical committee.
“I am the chair of the steering committee, when the technical committee meet and finish their work, they will refer it to the steering committee and then it goes to NNPC Board, so all the hullabaloo about the transparency, there is no basis for that.”