The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has acquired all Oando retail outlets, aviation and gas brands nationwide from OVH Energy.
Speaking at the unveiling of one of the new NNPC Ltd stations formerly Oando in Abuja on Saturday, Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer NNPC Limited, said: “The acquisition will bring over 380 additional filling stations under NNPC Retail brand in Nigeria and Togo, on our journey to attaining 1,500 stations. We will be the largest petroleum product retail network in Africa.”
The NNPC CEO said the acquisition was to strengthen the downstream business portfolio to enhance profitability and guarantee national energy security.
“NNPC has under an Accelerated Network Expansion (ANEX) Initiative completed the acquisition of OVH downstream assets including reception jetty (ASPM) with 240,000 metric tons monthly capacity, eight Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants, three lubes blending plants, three aviation depots, and 12 warehouses,” he said.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari who is also the minister of petroleum for laying the foundation for improving energy access.
“It is absolutely not about assets, we are building relationships. At this moment, we are the largest downstream company in Nigeria and by this merger, we are also likely going to be the largest downstream company in Africa,” he said.
Margery Chuba-Okadigbo, chairman of NNPC Ltd board, lauded the acquisition deal, and said: “NNPC retail station is now in Togo and we are on our journey to attain 1,500 retail stations. OVH, you have given us so much and we promise that we will look after the investments.”
Huub Stokman, managing director and CEO of OVH Energy, said the acquisition comes at a time when NNPC Ltd was accelerating energy transition in line with the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 (PIA).
“With a combined entity, NNPC is well positioned to take the opportunities in a way that it will positively impact the Nigerian oil and gas downstream sector. As a company, OVH Energy always focuses on delivering value to customers,” he said.
“With this acquisition as a combined entity, we will get innovative offerings and infrastructure to transform the downstream energy sector not just in Nigeria but also in West Africa.”