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Kachukwu negotiates $15bn Indian investment to Nigeria

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has negotiated a 1$5- billion dollar investment with Indian Government for the oil and gas sector.

The Director, Press Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Idang Alibi, in a statement on Monday, stated that the negotiations were part of the three-day investment drive of the minister to India.

It said the negotiations would be for terms to be agreed, where the Indian Government would make an upfront payment for crude purchase to Nigeria.

This, it said, would be repaid on the basis of firm Term Crude Contracts over some years and in consideration for Indian public sector companies collaborating in the refining sector as well as exploration and production activities.

It added that long term contracts for supply of crude to Indian PSU companies from Nigeria and possibilities of executing CGD and LPG infrastructure projects by Indian PSU companies in Nigeria was part of the negotiation.

It added that kachikwu had concluded talks on the investments in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector in a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.

 “Both ministers noted the existing and significant engagement between the two countries in the hydrocarbon sector.”

According to the statement, the Indian minister acknowledges that Nigeria is one of the largest trading partners of India in Africa which is dominated by import of crude oil and gas.

Between 2015 and 2016, India imported nearly 23.7 million tons of crude which was nearly 12 per cent of India’s overall imports and over two million tons of LNG from Nigeria.

Following this negotiation, the two countries agreed to work on a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate investments by India in the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector.