The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has said no fewer than 78 companies submitted virtual bids to rehabilitate critical downstream pipelines, associated depots and terminal infrastructure of the Corporation through the Finance, Build, Operate and Transfer, BOT.
In a Press Release by NNPC’s General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, he explained that the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, said that, the exercise was in fulfilment of NNPC’s avowed commitment to transparency and accountability as an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, EITI, partner company and as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kyari said, “This is not possible to achieve if we do not have the leadership disposition that is in support of transparency. I can confirm to all of you that it is the clear directive of Mr. President that this company must be accountable and must be transparent to its shareholders.
“We must take all necessary steps to make sure that our transactions are known to the citizens of this country, that we do things for the common good of all of us and that in doing our business, we must ensure integrity.
“As an EITI partner company, NNPC is a global company, completely transparent to its shareholders and stakeholders stressing that the Corporation must always disclose her transactions, contracting processes, selection of its partners, identities of partners and beneficial owners of the partners.
“Nobody will cut corners, nobody will cheat the shareholders of this company and also this company will ultimately deliver value to its shareholders”.
He noted that the Finance, Build, Operate and Transfer, BOT, model became imperative in the Corporation’s journey to rehabilitate its downstream infrastructure which over time have become vulnerable, lost value and integrity due to age and incessant vandalism.
“Some of these assets are as old as forty years (40) years and they are due for replacement and when you want to do a replacement of this scale, you do need a lot of resources.
“And we know that we require these assets so we decided that we bring in private partners who will fund these pipelines, they will construct it, they will operate it with us and then ultimately they will fully recover their investment from the tariff which we will pay for using these pipelines and as soon as they recover their cost and their margin, they will hand over these assets back to us,” Kyari informed.
Kyari added that by the end of the first quarter of 2021, the final partners of the bid opening would be selected.
He assured the bidders that the NIPEX portal which was deployed for the pre-qualification exercise was a time tested technology that would not give room for any human indiscretion.
Commenting on the process the Director General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, Chidi Izuwah, commended the leadership of the NNPC for totally driving a transparent bid opening processes.
“You showed to the world that you’re driving a totally transparent Public Private Partnership process in line with the infrastructure revolution of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Today’s public bid opening for the rehabilitation of NNPC pipelines,depots/terminal infrastructure is quite commendable.
“I commend the GMD Mallam Mele Kyari, his team and the NNPC Group for showing to the world that things can be done properly and in the best interest of the shareholders,” Izuwah said.
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