91 firms bid for NNPC coastal, bunkering vessels contract
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday unveiled technical bids submitted by a total of 91 companies consisting largely of indigenous vessel owners vying to secure contract for the provision of coastal and bunkering vessel services for the operations of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the NNPC.
The exercise was conducted at the headquarters of the NNPC in Abuja in the full glare of representatives of the bidding companies.
Officials of the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP and the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, NEITI were also present as independent assessors.
A statement from the corporation said the exercise was declared open by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who expressed delight in the massive turn-out of indigenous Nigerian vessel owners in the bid process and promised the process would be transparent.
The ongoing bid exercise seeks to engage the services of reputable organizations with essentially three ranges of deadweight tonnage.
Under the scope of work, the coastal vessel is designed to, among other functions, evacuate petroleum products from NNPC coastal refineries to various discharge ports in Nigeria or outside Nigeria as may be designated by the PPMC, deliver petroleum products to waterfed depots with restricted draft jetties of 6.0 to 11 metres and conduct ship-to-ship transfer of cargo from import tankers while discharging same at water depots.
The desired bunkering vessel services entails loading of Automated Gas Oil (AGO) and Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) from water-fed refineries for bunkering purposes, supplying bunkers to NNPC-owned and chartered vessels as required on a monthly basis, keeping accurate accounts for AGO and LPFO loaded and supplied to NNPC vessels and forwarding records of the bunkering activities to the Marine Transport department of the PPMC on a monthly basis, among other activities.
A crude oil vessel