NCDMB receives N450m interim dividend from Waltersmith modular refinery

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, on Monday announced that it received an interim dividend of N450 million out of the N1.5bn declared by the Waltersmith Refinery and Petrochemical Company Limited.

This is contained in statement issued by Mr Daniel Kikile, General Manager in charge of Corporate Communications, noting that the payment represents NCDMB’s 30 per cent share in the company for the year ended 2023.

The NCDMB had in July 2018 invested $10m to acquire 30 per cent stake in the 5,000 barrels per day modular refinery project located at Ibigwe, Imo State, to support the Federal Government’s policy on modular refinery, stimulate investment and create employment opportunities.

Rising from a Board Meeting of Waltersmith Refinery and Petrochemical Company Limited, the Executive Secretary NCDMB, Mr Felix Ogbe confirmed that a total dividend of N4.5bn had been approved for the year 2023, pending final approval at the Annual General Meeting.

The company reported a total profit of N23.6bn as profit after tax for the same year.

İğne said NCDMB expects to receive additional 30 per cent of the outstanding N3bn dividend after the AGM is convened later in the year.

He added that the receipt of this interim dividend payment is a testament to the strong performance and profitability of Waltersmith Refinery and Petrochemical Company Limited.

“The NCDMB is proud to be a part of this success and looks forward to continued collaboration with the company in the future,” he said.

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He affirmed that the company is upgrading the refinery capacity from 5000 bpd to 10,000 bpd and the expansion project is 44 per cent completed and on time to be commissioned by early 2025.

NCDMB’s investment in the Waltersmith project was also geared to catalyse the industrialisation of the Nigerian oil and gas industry and its linkage sectors and deepen Nigerian Content in the oil and gas industry.

It was the first third-party investment embarked by the Board, and it provided proof of concept and paved the way for other successful investments by the Board.

The NCDMB had received a cheque of $1 million from Nedogas Development Company Limited, NDCL, being part of the return on investment on one of the Board’s strategic investments.

The cheque was presented by the Chairman of the company, Emeka Ene when he visited the Nigerian Content Tower in Yenagoa Bayelsa, where he was received by the Executive Secretary, and other members of the Board’s management.

NDCL is a joint venture company between Xenergi Limited and NCDMB Capacity Development Intervention Company.

The joint venture culminated in the construction and commissioning of a 300 million standard cubit feet per day capacity Kwale Gas Gathering and injection facility located in the Umusam Community, near Kwale in Delta, Niger Delta, Nigeria.

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