Ghanaian oil workers strike; claim expatriate workers are better treated

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama

30 October 2014, Accra – Forty Ghanaian technicians working on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, the biggest facility at the Jubilee oil fields at Cape Three Points have laid down their tools to protest poor...

Statoil eyes Hansteen probe

30 October 2014, News Wires – Statoil has applied to the authorities to drill a wildcat near its under-development Aasta Hansteen gas field in the Norwegian Sea as it pursues more resources to shore up the project’s economics. The state-owned player intends to drill the 6706/12-2 well at the Snefrid North prospect, one of several identified in production licence 218 that hosts the Aasta Hansteen field. It will use semi-submersible Transocean Spitsbergen to drill the probe, due to be spudded in the fourth quarter at the earliest in a water depth of 1312 metres. Statoil holds a 75% operating stake in the licence with partners OMV and ConocoPhillips on 15% and 10%, respectively.     – Upstream ...

Shell names Holliday new chairman

30 October 2014, News Wires – Shell has named Charles ‘Chad’ Holliday as its new chairman starting next year as current chair Jorma Ollila’s long tenure draws to a close. Former chief executive of US chemicals giant DuPont...

Stronger dollar weighs on prices

30 October 2014, News Wires – Brent oil futures fell below $87 a barrel on Thursday, pressured by a stronger US dollar after the Federal Reserve painted a brighter outlook for the US economy. The US central bank on Wednesday ended...

Profit slips at Sinopec

30 October 2014, News Wires – Net profit at Chinese refining giant Sinopec slipped in the third quarter in part due to a fall in global crude oil priced, according to a report. Slowing Chinese demand and weaker refining profits...

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Govt partners NANS to curb power infrastructure vandalism

30 October 2014, Abuja – The Federal Ministry of Power on Thursday announced its intention to partner the National Association of Nigerian Students against the menace of unabated vandalism of pipelines and other electricity  infrastructure across the country. It said the partnership was to ensure that the goal of adequate and constant power supply to every Nigerian becomes a reality. The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this at the headquarters of the ministry after receiving an award of excellence from the NANS. Nebo, in a statement from the FMOP, said the students’ association would be engaged as agents of change in the fight against sabotage of government assets...

NERC puts caveat on issuance of unsolicited electricity licences

30 October 2014, Abuja – The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has disclosed that it will henceforth suspend issuance of new licences for electricity generation in the country. It said unless proven to have met a ‘good cause’ condition, applications for generation licences would not be considered. NERC listed the ‘good cause’ conditions upon which licences would be issued to include renewable energy-based power projects such as solar, wind, biomass or small hydro which require no fuel supply agreement and in respect of which feed-in-tariffs have been approved with no capacity charge component. Others include environment-related projects where a guaranteed fuel source for the generation of power may be a solution to waste disposal challenges, projects that...

PHED appeals for patience over Akwa Ibom power outage

Mkpoikana Udoma 29 October 2014, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, has attributed the present power outage in Uyo, Ikot-Ekpene, Eket and other areas in Akwa Ibom State to a wire cut on the 132 KV transmission...

Outrageous electricity bills: Consumers groan as DISCOs smile to banks

29 October 2014, Lagos –  Why would you disconnect my light when I have already paid? Do you know what it means to pay N10,000 for light that I did not even consume? And you have the guts to ask me to pay another money. You even billed us for the pumping machine...

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Financial market products & services update

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30 October 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos - Local and international financial market products and services update. NIGERIA: As part of measures to strengthen the naira as well as to sanitise the operations of...

W’Bank ranks Nigeria 170 among business-friendly countries

29 October 2014, Lagos – The World Bank has ranked 170 among 189 countries in terms of ease of doing business across the world. In the report released on Wednesday, Singapore emerged the best country in the world to do business while Mauritius emerged the best in Africa with ranking 28. President...

Financial market products & services update

29 October 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos - Local and international financial market products and services update. NIGERIA: The Federal Government expects to earn $1.3 billion from cocoa exports this year, an...

Oando grows PAT by 110%, pays N2.4bn dividend

29 October 2014, Lagos – Oando Plc has declared a dividend of N2.4 billion for its shareholders for the financial year ended December 31, 2014. Announcing this to the shareholders at 37th Annual...

Level playing field for Local, foreign insurers is necessary – Fashola

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24 September 2014, Lagos – Managing Director of Industrial and General Insurance Plc (IGI), Mr. Rotimi Fashola, in this interview with Nnamdi Duru, spoke on the need for a level playing field for...

EI-Anchor Pension targets N3bn share capital

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16 September 2014, Abuja – Managing Director of IEI-Anchor Pension Managers, Solomon Okoli has assured shareholders that the company has overcome its teething problems and is now positioned for...

IEI settles N616.18m claims in six months

27 August 2014, Lagos – International Energy Insurance (IEI)Plc paid a total of N616.18 million in the first half of the year ended June 30, 2012. The Managing Director of the company, Mrs. Roseline...

Renewable energy insurance spend to triple by 2020

04 August 2014, Lagos – The renewable energy industry could be spending three times as much on insurance every year by 2020, to mitigate risks to projects, according to a new report by Bloomberg...

BFIG has no claim to ALSCON — BPE

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15 October 2014, Abuja – The controversy over the privatisation of Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria, ALSCON, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State, has continued to rage as Bureau of Public Enterprises,...

BFIG Group now new manager of ALSCON

13 October 2014, Abuja –  Following the recent Supreme Court judgment, BFIG Consortium has taken over the management of Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom state. The Chief Executive Officer of BFIG, Dr. Reuben Jaja, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the paramount ruler of Ikot Abasi, Edidem Joe Ntuk-Obom...