Stakeholders Place Great Emphasis on Collaboration at OTL 2019
Total Nigeria Plc. and other stakeholders in the downstream sector have agreed on the need for collaboration to take the downstream sector to the next phase needed for survival. This was a fallout from the discussion at Total Nigeria Plc.’s co-sponsored session at the 13th Oil Trading & Logistics Expo (OTL) 2019 held at the Oriental Hotel Lekki, Lagos from Sunday, October 27 – Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
The conference and exhibition was level ground for the private and public stakeholders in the industry to clear issues on the state of Nigeria’s downstream sector and also discuss new ways of improvement.
The theme for this year’s conference and exhibition was Growth, innovation and Technology.
The conference and exhibition featured sessions on topical issues in the industry with seasoned speakers from different government agencies and the private sector. Total exhibited its products at the exhibition which also featured innovations in the industry.
At the Total Nigeria Plc.’s, co-sponsored session titled: Depots, Pipelines and Fleets – Policy and Operations for Sustainable Downstream Assets and Infrastructure, the Managing Director, Mr Imrane Barry who was represented by the General Manager Operations, Mr Rabiu Abdulmutalib said, “Total has been doing a lot to prevent accidents that have become a daily occurrence on our roads. Today, we set minimal standards for our trucks to make sure we stop accidents within our perimeter and ensure we abide by them. We set a maximum limit for our trucks. No truck above 10 years can carry Total’s product. For the tanks, 15 years maximum.”
He further said, “There is more continuous improvement and as of today, Total Nigeria has zero accidents. To be sustainable, we have to take a deliberate action on safety that will sustain this business while we fight for the other margins.”
Contributors to the panel session include the Executive Director (Commercial), Petroleum Product Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr Bala David; Group Managing Director, Rainoil Nigeria Limited, Engr. Gabriel Ogbechie; Chief Operating Officer, AA Rano, Mr Abdulmumuni Dangazau; Executive Director (Pipelines) Nigerian Pipelines Storage Company, Mr Danladi Ahmed and Vice Chairman, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMA), Haijia Amina Maina.
The panel session agreed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should take a back step and let the private sector run the industry; there should be a public-private collaboration and there must be a clear-cut policy on where government involvement should start and end.
Some of the challenges raised at the session were the underutilisation of storage depots, the inconsistent supply of crude to refineries, age of facilities, vandalism and haulage constraints among others.
The Managing Director, Retail Division, NNPC, Sir Billy Okoye who was part of the discussion stated that players in the sector should not regard the NNPC as their competition: “If NNPC Is not involved in the importation, then the consequences are better imagined. By 2023, all the refineries in Nigeria must be working; the GMD NNPC, Mele Kyari has mandated. I want to assure you that the NNPC is there as a supplier of last resort and only complementing to ensure Nigerians have the products.”
The annual OTL Africa Downstream Week is the continent’s leading business forum for market insights, emerging opportunities, products’ showcase and recognition of excellence in the African downstream petroleum value-chain.
cross-section of participants at the OTL
Members of a panel session
Members of a panel session
Guests at the Total booth
Visitor at the Total booth