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From: "Dr Ade Abu" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 01:24:27 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY
NATIONAL PETROLEUM INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES :
The Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) in the
Exploration & Production (E&P) Directorate is the Upstream arm of
that oversees the Federation investments in the Joint Venture
Companies (JVCs), Production Sharing Companies (PSCs) and Services
Contract Companies (SCC).
NAPIMS is, therefore, set up to earn margin arising from investments
in the JVCs, PSCs and SCs with the multinationals and also protect
the nation's strategic interests in the JVCs.
In addition, NAPIMS engages in frontier exploration services in
basins where the multinationals hesitate to venture, like the Chad
Vision: To be a world class oil investment management outfit.
Mission Statement: To optimize the benefits accruing to the
Federation from its investments in the Upstream Sector of the
Petroleum (Oil & Gas) Industry.
Major Strategic Roles of NAPIMS:
To maximize Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) and guarantee a higher Margin
(Rate of Return) on Investment, through efficient cost monitoring
To ensure that a reserve base is maintained and reserve addition
targets are attained. These are: 30 billion barrels by year 2002 and
40 billion barrels by year 2010
To ensure increased production capacity from the current 2.5 2n
barrels of oil per day (bopd) to 3 million (bopd) by year 2003 and 4
million bopd by year 2010
To encourage gas utilization and commercialization
To promote local content input in engineering and construction,
supplies and materials utilization through in country technological
To enhance Nigerianization in the industry and facilitate technology
To promote maximum co operation in communities of oil and gas
producing areas as well as ensure that environmental protection dos
and donts as are strictly maintained.
As an executive director of the above named agency I am involved in
the award of major contracts to foreign contractors.
One of the numerous contracts we awarded was to refurbish our
moribund four national refineries. However, they are still not
working up to 100% capacity utilization. This has resulted in serious
crisis in the oil industry and necessitated in the price increases of
There has been mounting pressure on the Niagerian government to probe
the NNPC and its subsidiaries. As a matter of fact the National
assembly has already started this probe
exercise. To avoid been fingered I am looking for foreign investors I
could front as partner. This investor will assist us invest the sum
of US$79.5M (SEVENTY NINE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES
Please if interested get back to me by email so that I could discuss
further details and modality of the transaction with you.
I thank you.
Dr. Ade Abu