The federal government of Nigeria and it Nigerien counterpart have revealed plan to build an oil refinery to tackle the menace of cross-border fuel smuggling.
Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum resources, on Wednesday led a Nigerian government delegation to Niamey, the Nigerien capital, to discuss a firm agreement for the design and construction of the refinery to be located at a border town between the two countries.
The collaboration, according to Kachikwu, the refinery will be constructed between the Republic of Niger and Katsina State, Nigeria and a crude oil pipeline from the Republic of Niger to the new refinery.
Kachikwu, in a statement said talks are still ongoing with president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, and the country’s energy minister Foumakoye Gado.
“Bilateral and technical agreements will be signed in coming days,” the statement revealed.
The capacity of the proposed refinery was not made known.
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