The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has begun the public opening of technical bids submitted by 91 companies to secure contract for the provision of Coastal and Bunkering Vessel Services. The coastal and bunkering services were for the operations of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, (PPMC), a subsidiary of the NNPC.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC on Thursday 22nd of October, 2015 embarked on the public harvesting of technical bids submitted by a total of 91 companies consisting largely of indigenous vessel owners vying to secure contract for the provision of Coastal and Bunkering Vessel Services for the operations of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, a subsidiary of the NNPC.
The bid exercise, according to the corporation, seeks to engage the services of reputable organisations with essentially three ranges of deadweight tonnage – 5,000 to 8,000DWT; 10,000 to 20,000DWT; and 25,000 to 50,000DWT.
The exercise which was conducted at the Corporate Headquarters of the NNPC in Abuja in the full glare of representatives of the bidding companies also had officials of the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP and the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, NEITI as independent assessors.
The coastal vessel was designed to evacuate petroleum products from NNPC coastal refineries to various discharge ports in Nigeria or outside Nigeria as may be designated by PPMC and undertake the delivery of petroleum products to water fed depots with restricted draft jetties of 6 to 11 metres. The vessels would also conduct ship-to-ship transfer of cargo from import tankers and discharge same at waters depots among other functions.
The desired bunkering vessel services would also entail the loading of Automated Gas Oil Ago and low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) from water-fed refineries for bunkering purposes. The vessel would also supply bunkers to NNPC owned and chartered vessels as required on a monthly basis.
Other responsibilities of the vessel included the keeping of accurate accounts for AGO and LPFO loaded and supplied to NNPC Vessels as well as forwarding records of the bunkering activities to marine transport department of the PPMC on a monthly basis[plulz_social_like width="350" send="false" font="arial" action="like" layout="standard" faces="false" ]