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Nigeria to export 574,000 tons of gas in Dec

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…exports from Onne, Warri hit 2.83m tons

Asian countries have become major buyers of Nigerian liquefied natural gas

Eight vessels have been positioned at Onne Port to load 574,000 metric tons of liquefied natural gas to various destinations next month.

With the latest shipment, the country has exported 2.83 million metric tons through Onne and Warri Port between January and November 2017.

Of the figure, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)’s shipping data revealed that LNG Abalamebie would load 70,000 tons; LNG Gaslog Glacier, 65,000 tons and LNG Enugu, 68,000 tons.

Other vessels expected to load this week with various tonnages are LNG Madrib Spirit, 65,000 tons; LNG Madrib Spirit, 70,000 tons; LNG Ogun, 68,000 tons; LNG Imo, 68,000 tons; MT Sea Horizon, 30,000 tons and LNG Abuja II, 75,000 tons.

Before the latest shipment, a total of 2.26 million tons of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) had been exported from Onne and Delta ports between January and first week of October, 2017.

The gas was transported to India, Pakistan, China and other major buyers such as Colombia, Turkey, Egypt, Jamaica, Jordan and Poland.

It would be recalled that Pakistan had turned to Nigeria for a new trade deal this year to import more liquefied natural gas.

Following the deal, Pakistan’s per annum import of gas, which stood at 4.5 million tons, would be increased to nine million tons by the end of 2017.

A total of N372.44 billion had been realised by the Federal Government from LNG exports in the first quarter of the year.

Between September and October alone, a total of 443,000 metric tons of the product were ferried to various destinations by seven vessels from Onne Port.

In October, 130,000 tons of the gas was ferried out of the country by LNG Sokoto, laden with 65,000 tons and LNG Akwa Ibom, 65,000 tons respectively.

Last September, LNG Abalamabie left the country with 77,000 tons; LNG Ogun, 68,000 tons; MT Tom Arawa, 25,000 tons; LNG Lokoja, 68,000 tons and LNG Abuja II, 75,000 tons.

A total of 506,000 metric tons of gas were exported out of the country between July and August, 2017, while a total of 388,000 metric tons of the product were ferried out from Onne Port last June.

The liquefied gas was loaded by six vessels, with LPG Pampero laden with 45,000 tons; LNG Oyo, 68,000 tons; Adam LNG, 65,000 tons; Finnima II, 77,000 tons; LNG Niger, 68,000 tons and LNG Adamawa, 65,000 tons

Also in May 2017, six vessels exported 389,000 metric tons of the natural gas from Onne and Warri ports to various destinations.

A breakdown revealed that LNG British Sapphire left the country with 67,000 tons; LPG Regina, 30,000 tons; LNG Kano, 68,000 tons; LNG Concovado, 70,000 tons; LNG Lagos II, 77,000 tons and LNG Port Harcourt II, 77,000 tons.

Between March and April, a total of 293,000 metric tons were exported through Onne Port, while 274,000 tons were taken away from Warri Port respectively.

At Onne Port, LNG Trinity Arrow ferried 65,000 tons; LNG Kano, 68,000 tons; LNG Cross Rivers, 65,000 tons; LNG Adamawa, 65,000 tons and Silver Joan, 65,000 tons, while, LNG Kano exported 65,000 tons; LNG Enugu, 68,000 tons; LNG Ogun, 68,000 tons and LNG Maran Gas Agamemnon, 70,000 tons from Warri Port.

Last February, 365,000 tons of gas were shipped from Onne Port by LNG Cross Rivers laden with 65,000 tons; LNG Goodside Goode, 70,000 tons; LNG Pskov, 70,000 tons; MT Aegean Wave, 25,000 tons; LNG Maran Gas Mystras, 65,000 tons and LNG Vuekiy Novgorod, 70,000 tons.

In the first quarter of 2017, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) explained that Nigeria earned N372.44 billion from the export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), representing 12.39 per cent of the total.

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TCIP Customs explains cargo clearance delays at port

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The Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has said the recent in cargo clearance being witnessed by importers and Customs Brokers at the Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos is because the NCS Internet Server was down thus impeding cargo documents processing.

This was disclosed by the Tin Can Island Customs Public Relations Officer, CSP Tony Ejesieme during a chat with the Sunday Telegraph on Wednesday at the port city of Apapa.

Ejesieme noted that the internet network breakdown as experienced by the Service could cause delay at anytime and was not the fault of the NCS but that of a bad weather.

The PRO, who admitted that there was delay in cargo release, said the command had not captured any importers for cargo release but was optimistic that the network would surge back and cargo clearance processing would commence immediately.

“We have not been able to work since morning as no importers have been captured. This is another delay; issuing debit note has become a problem. But the network will certainly come back and we will commence work immediately,’’ said he.

According to him, the major reasons for delay were non-compliance with import guidelines, wrong classification and declaration by importers, and lack of working scanners.

He, however, absolved the Service of any complicity and maintained that the NCS works based on procedure. ‘’Whatever we are doing is based on procedure and in accordance with the import laws. It is true that there is delay; if there are issues of infraction, there will be delay,’’ he said.

Ejesieme also caused by lack of scanners, saying that all scanners in all the ports in Lagos have broken down completely except only one in Apapa which could not handle all cargo in the port and that is why many cargos are routed to physical examination.

‘’Scanners are not working; only one is working in Apapa, no one in Tin Can. The issue of scanners has to be settled and we have engaged government on it.’’

Advising importers and customs agents to adhere to the import guidelines, he said that the security of nation as the nation approaches the general elections in 2019 would not be compromised as the Service is working with other government agencies to protect the territorial boundaries of the nation.

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UBA Foundation reading through regions in Africa

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As part of its mission to improve the lives of communities in which the United Bank for Africa operates, UBA Foundation said it has continued to encourage African youths to adopt the culture of reading through its ‘Read Africa’ initiative.

Read Africa aims to rekindle the reading culture amongst young Africans. Designed and introduced in 2011 by the UBA Foundation, the initiative has donated hundreds of thousands of books to African schools since its inception.

This past week, The Foundation took its initiative to the francophone city of Libreville to the students of the George MABIGNATH high school in Gabon.

The launch of Read Africa in Gabon saw in attendance, the author of the selected book Sidonie, written by famous Gabonese writer Chantal Magalie MBAZOO.

It was a colorful ceremony that witnessed the CEO of the Foundation, Bola Atta reading to and interacting with the students in high energy in the presence of their Principal, Mrs. Boudounghou Biboutou Isabelle and other staff members.

Bola Atta summarized the Foundation’s initiative saying, “At the UBA Foundation, we are committed to improving the lives of the youths on the continent and one of the ways we can achieve this is to help you read more. I am here to talk to you a little about the importance of reading and how it can radically change your life. Reading encourages you to dream, it expands your knowledge, your vocabulary. It is a path to achieving your ambitions”.

 

Chioma Mang, the CEO of UBA Gabon also reiterated the mission of UBA and emphasized the bank’s commitment to the Gabonese community. “ I love children and I am happy to be here with you all today. I’d like to encourage you to read very well so that you can reach great heights in your life like me. UBA is going to be there for you all the way. You can count on us”, she said.

 

The Read Africa initiative then moved on to Zambia to the Horizon Secondary School in Lusaka where the Director in the ministry of higher education in charge of Vocation, Education and Training, Mr. Alex Simumba, thanked UBA and the Foundation for the good work that is being done across Africa. He said, “To UBA Foundation, we thank you for your support to the institution today. We welcome this and many more collaboration in the field of literacy and other higher education programmes. We also further encourage other private sector organisations to take a keen interest in such programmes because the youths who are receiving these literary materials will be benefitting greatly from them,” he said.

 

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Shell has disbursed N1.88bn to GMoU clusters in Delta State

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The General Manager, External Relations, SPDC, Mr. Igo Weli has said that Shell Petroleum Development Company, (SPDC) is still active in Delta State noting that the oil giant has executed a lot of projects in the state.

According to him, the oil giant has disbursed a total sum of N1.88 billion to Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) in clusters.

Igo Weli, who disclosed this when he spoke with newsmen in Warri on Thursday, revealed that the GMoU funding covers the three clusters currently active in Delta State since the inception of the concept in 2006, adding that Cluster Development Boards (CDBs) like their counterparts in other parts of the Niger Delta, are implementing health and educational projects among others.

During the media presentation of the 2018 Shell Nigeria Briefing Notes to Journalists, he also disclosed that Shell has established a Professorial Chair at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE,) as it continues to operate in the state and contribute to its development.

Weli explained that the Professorial Chair in Light Weight Automobile Engine Development was activated at FUPRE in December last year and is the latest of six established by SPDC JV, noting that the Chair at Effurun is expected to contribute to the growth of local content in Nigeria’s automobile industry.

He added that in a bid to boost employment especially among youths, more than 700 young men and women have benefited from Shell’s LiveWIRE initiative between 2003 and 2017.

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