NNPC Shifts Crude Swap Contracts With Oil Companies By 6 Months

Yemisi Izuora

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has extended for six months its contracts with private oil companies  to swap crude oil for fuel.

The initial one-year contracts to exchange more than 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) with 15 company pairings were due to expire in October.

According to Reuters, two sources said the companies renegotiated the price agreement due to changes to fuel prices in Nigeria.

The contracts supply a large portion of Nigeria’s white products and some of its diesel and jet fuel as it has not been profitable for private importers to bring in fuel.

Nigeria recently stopped setting a petrol price cap at the pump, a decision it says will eliminate costly subsidies and enable the private sector to begin importing again.

NNPC, subsidiary, PPMC still sets an ex depot price for fuels imported by NNPC. This, combined with dollar shortages, has thus far made it difficult for some importers to bring in fuels outside the contracts.

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