The contract for the six pre-shipment inspection agents(PIAs) for the exportation of petroleum products has been extended by one year by the Federal Government. The government also appointed two monitoring agents to oversee the operations of the six PIAs.
According to a circular from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the issue, the contract extension expected began from June 7, 2013 to the same period next year.
The circular signed by Batari Musa, the Director in charge of Trade and Investment, with reference number: TED/FEM/FPC/GEN/01/012, dated May 4, 2013 on the appointment of additional Pre-shipment Inspection Agents for oil and gas export under the Nigerian Export Supervision Scheme (NESS), said authorised dealers and the public are hereby informed that the Federal Government has extended the contract for the under-listed pre-shipment Inspection Agents (PIAs) for a period of twelve months with effect from June 7, 2013.”
According to the circular, while Globalscan Systems Technology Limited is to handle Qua Iboe, Bonny and Pennington terminals, JBIS Integrated Resources Limited has been allocated Akpo, Agbami, Erha Bonga and EA terminals and Robinson International Energy Limited is expected to handle terminals at Yoho, Brass Oyo, Antan, Oso Ebok and Okono.
Similarly, Trobel International Nigeria Limited got Okwori, Okoro, Ukpokiti, Escravos and Obe, while Candid Oil Services Limited is expected to handle Abo, Usan, Forcados,Tulja, Odudu and Ima; and Gulf Inspection Services Limited (GIS) is to take charge of all gas terminals.
The two monitoring agents, Messrs Arlington Securitas Limited and Swede Control Intertek Limited will oversee JBIS Integrated Resources Limited, Trobel International Nigeria Limited; Gulf Inspection Services Limited (GIS) and Robinson International Energy Limited; Globalscan Systems Technology Limited and Candid Oil Services Limited.
The circular noted that “all authorised dealers, oil and gas exporters and the general public to take note of the provision of the circular for compliance”.
Information from The Nation was used in this report.