As Nigeria is now battling to fix its refineries and to attract foreign investment to the downstream sector of the oil industry, Niger Republic now supplies her with fuel.
The Niger Republic, which started commercial oil production in 2011, now exports petroleum products to Nigeria, as the West African country’s refineries remain grounded.
According to The Guardian, data obtained from the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) revealed that strong refinery performance in the neighbouring Niger Republic meets local fuel demand, and the excess production is exported to Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso.
Niger has built a single 20,000-barrel per day refinery with the configuration for the local market.
The facility is currently turning out liquefied petroleum gas, 7 per cent; gasoline, 32 per cent; and diesel, 61 per cent, to enable it to optimise stranded crude supply.
It is worthy to note that the Niger Republic built its refineries in less than three years, pushing utilization from zero to about 90 per cent in 2019.
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