91 firms bid for NNPC coastal, bunker­ing ves­sels con­tract

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Daniel Adugbo

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

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