Story By Izuchukwu Ozoemena.
Even as Nigerians battle with the problem of scarcity of refined products such as petrol coupled with refineries that have remained dormant for years, the country’s crude oil has helped Indonesia achieve energy sufficiency. Mr Dwiyatna Widinugraha, Head of Economic Affairs of the Indonesian Embassy disclosed this Wednesday when he led a delegation from his country on a courtesy call on the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru.
According to a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, Mr. Widinugraha stated this when discussing the purpose of his visit to the NNPC Towers in Abuja. He added that in spite of the level of energy sufficiency Indonesia has achieved so far, his country “is in need of increased crude oil allocation from Nigeria”.
He stated that with a population of more than 250 million people, Indonesia needed about 1.6 million barrels of crude oil daily to meet its burgeoning energy needs as an emerging economy. The Asian country would love to have a government-to-government arrangement with Nigeria in that regard.
Speaking during the visit, the Vice President of Pertamina, the Indonesian National Oil Company, Anizar Burlian, said the delegation was in Abuja to thank Nigeria for helping them meet their local oil demand and to further “explore better arrangements of buying the country’s very high grade crude oil”.
“Over the years, we have bought huge amount of crude oil from Nigeria. We are extremely happy to buy more Nigerian crude oil which is globally rated to be of very high grade and which is very suitable for our refineries,” Mr. Burlian stated.
He also indicated interest in opportunities in the Nigerian upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.
In his response, on behalf of the corporation, Adokiye Tombomieye who represented the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD), Mele Kyari, said NNPC would be consistent in assisting Indonesia in the area of crude oil supply.
He also said that the request for a government-to-government crude supply arrangement should be routed through the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Concerning investment, the corporation advised the team to articulate its requests in a proposal to enable the management “review and act accordingly”.