The Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Enugu state, Mr Peter Mbah, said weekend that lack of adequate investment in the downstream sector has been the major cause of the perennial fuel scarcity and its attendant long queues in filing stations across the country.
Mbah said this while speaking to State House correspondents after the company paid a thank-you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said the Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited has invested about $1 billion dollars to bridge the gap and address the stagnation of investment in the downstream sector.
He said with the intervention of Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited l and investments from other Nigerians in the downstream sector, the problem of scarcity would be a thing of the past.
“There has been a deficit of the set of investments Pinnacle has done in the last decades. But what we’re doing right now, is to address that stagnation of investment in the downstream oil and gas industry.
“This is an investment size of about a billion dollars. So we are expecting to see more of such investments because what the Pinnacle has done is to create some efficiency in the supply and distribution value chain of the downstream sector.
“So we are indeed expecting that more investment in the downstream sub sector would completely eliminate the sort of scarcity we are witnessing today,” he said.
Mbah said he was at the Presidential Villa to show appreciation to the President for accepting to inaugurate the company’s storage terminal adjudged to be the largest in West Africa.
He said the offshore intake of the storage terminal is also adjudged to be the deepest intake facility in Africa.
“We, Pinnacle Oil and Gas Limited, have come here to express our profound gratitude and our heartfelt appreciation to Mr. President.
“You will recall that on the 22nd day of October 2022, Mr. President inaugurated our storage terminal adjudged to be the largest storage terminal in West Africa, with offshore intake facilities also adjudged to be the deepest intake facility in the entire Africa, sitting at a water depth of 23 meters.
“So we do have SPM (Single Point Mooring), and CBM (Conventional Buoy Mooring). Those are the offshore facilities we have. Those facilities have the capability to take the largest vessels, you can imagine and discharge over 100 million liters of clean petroleum products within 24 hours.
“This is typically what takes the industry 32 days to discharge. So we have largely come here to express our gratitude to Mr. President, for the honor he gave us in inaugrating this largest facility, which has actually changed the face of the industry, because it has eased as you know, this facility is located at the Lekki free zone, just by the Dangote refinery.
“So, what it has done, it has eased the congestion and the gridlock we have at the Apapa area in Lagos. It has also reduced the cost of supply and delivery of petroleum products in different parts of the country. It has also provided jobs for teeming unemployed Nigerians. So this is why we thought it necessary to come and say thank you to Mr. President,” he said.