FG to take measures to discourage LPG importation, improve local supply

 

The federal government has expressed concern about the continued importation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) into Nigeria, and would be taking fresh measures to grow local supply from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

 

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who disclosed this recently, explained that the government would set up an inter-ministerial task team to work with the NLNG on its challenges with access to the local market.

 

While the NLNG had reportedly supplied LPG through its Domestic LPG (DLPG) scheme to the local market and had increased off-takers of its LPG from six to 27 as at the end of 2017, reports however indicated it still had various market challenges which included levies and tax on its products as against duty waivers enjoyed by imported LPG.

 

But responding to the challenge, Kachikwu stated the task team to be initiated by the government would include relevant stakeholders such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) amongst others.

 

Source: THISDAY

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