In a major steer designed to enshrine transparency and eliminate activities of middlemen in the crude oil exchange for product matrix, Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC(, yesterday announced the replacement of the Offshore Processing Arrangement (OPA) option in preference for the more efficient Direct Sale- Direct Purchase (DSDP) alternative.
The new option, NNPC said, which allows for the direct sale of crude oil by NNPC as well as direct purchase of petroleum products from credible international refineries.
Speaking in a statement signed by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, he explained that the corporation “came to this informed position after the evaluation exercise of pre-qualified bidders revealed that most of the 44 companies earlier shortlisted for the next stage of the tender process only had affiliations to refineries abroad a situation which introduces toll on the value chain”.
The Corporation stated that if allowed to subsist, the development would in turn constitute a significant value loss to the Federation by way of accruals. “In this regard, only bona fide owners of refineries identified in the ongoing OPA Tender Evaluation process will be further engaged.
The identified refineries will be subjected to due diligence and analysis by NNPC appointed consultants to confirm suitability in line with International best practice,’’ the Corporation further stated. The NNPC noted that the call for commercial bids issued to the 44 shortlisted bidders made up of 34 international firms and 10 indigenous companies have also been withdrawn.
– Sopuruchi Onwuka