By Etuka Sunday
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced an increased trading surplus of N5.20billion for August, 2019, reflecting an increase of 22 per cent when compared with the N4.26billion-surplus posted in July 2019, a release by NNPC Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Samson Makoji, has said.
The new figures are contained in the recently released August 2019 edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) of the National Oil Company.
The report attributed the appreciable increase of 22 per cent within the period under review to, largely, the improved surplus posted by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).
It explained that the percentage increase in performance of the company evened out with the decline in the performance of Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) vis-à-vis July, 2019 figures, even as it added that the increased surplus posted by Duke Oil and the reduced deficit by the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC) equally bolstered the figures for the month, according to the report.
Stating a summary of NNPC’s Group Operating Revenue and Expenditure for August 2019, the August report indicated that it increased by 7.58 per cent at N540.60billion, reflecting an increase of N38.10billion compared with the previous month’s performance.
It further stated that the expenditure for the month followed a similar trend with increase of 7.46 per cent or N37.16billion, to reach N535.40billion during the year under review, declaring that the proportion of expenditure to revenue is almost at par for the current month as well as in July 2019.
In the Downstream Sector of the corporation’s operations, the 49th edition of the NNPC MFOR stated that N233.42billion was made on the sale of white products by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), the Downstream subsidiary of the National Oil Company, in August 2019, compared to N214.70billion sales in July, 2019.
Total revenues generated from the sales of white products for the period August 2018 to August 2019 stood at N2,687.29billion, with PMS contributing about 95.19 per cent of the total sales valued at N2,558.13billion.
Volume wise, 1.917billion litres of white products were sold and distributed by PPMC in the month under review, compared with 1.744billion litres in July 2019.
This comprised 1.92billion litres of PMS and 0.00030billion litres of Automotive Gas Oil, otherwise called diesel. Total sale of white products for the period: August 2018 to August 2019 stood at 21.49billion litres, with PMS accounting for 20.82billion litres or 96.9 per cent.
In the Gas Sector, out of the 1,174.97Million Standard Cubic Feet of (mmscfd) of gas supplied to the domestic market in August 2019, about 666.15mmscfd of gas representing 56.69 per cent was supplied to Gas-Fired power plants while the balance of 508.82mmscfd or 43.31 per cent was supplied to other industries.
Similarly, for the period: August 2018 to August 2019, an average of 1,211.08mmscfd of gas was supplied to the domestic market, comprising an average of 723.77mmscfd or 59.76 per cent as gas supply to power and 482.32mmscfd or 40.24 per cent as gas supply to industries.