09 April 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos — MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, an indigenous downstream oil marketing company has commissioned a computerised jetty – the Dantata Jetty, which has a capacity to berth 80,000–120,000 metric tons vessels at the Tin Can Island Port.
while commending the company for the feat the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu singled out the Information Technology deployed in the facility to monitor on computers, the loadings of petroleum products.
Kachikwu disclosed that he has a similar vision for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, “it is important that we get the NNPC to align with this strategy to reduce losses”.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing commended MRS Oil.
“Congratulations also that this investment has come to maturity at a most auspicious time – barely a week after Mr. President launched the economic recovery programme and one of the priority actions in that programme out of the 60 interventions is strengthening our capacity towards self-sufficiency in energy supply,” Fashola said.
The Minister in charge of Power promised to electrify the corridor and build transmission lines, noting that the area is an important investment corridor.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah and Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s minister of Transport also attended the event and commended MRS Oil.
Speaking earlier, MRS Sayyu Daantata, Cthe Chairman of MRS Oil said that the jetty would save the country over $200 million expenditure incurred annually in Ship-to-Ship, STS, transfer, as well as demurrage.
He disclosed that before the construction of the jetty, the company could only bring small vessels of 10,000 – 30,000 metric tons capacity to berth and discharge products at the depot.
“We have gone out to the sea 34 metres. We save costs for the country in terms of STS (ship-to-ship) transfer. This vessel is equivalent to six vessels of 10,000MT each and it shows that Nigerians can do great things. For the first time in Africa, 60,000MT vessel berth today and it has never happened anywhere in Africa. What we normally use to do operations is between 10,000MT and 30,000MT,” Dantata disclosed.