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The topic of this project report is impact of petroleum product scarcity on capacity utilization.  A case study of Emenite Nigeria limited.

The purpose of the study is to identify the impact of petroleum products scarcity on the capacity of utilization of Emenite Nig. Ltd.

          In carrying out this study the researcher will adopt the survey and historical researcher methods. This   will enable researcher to access and sample size as well as review of existing literature on the topic. It will also afford the researcher the opportunity to source data from respondents through interviews administration of questionnaires and   visit to libraries to review the existing for literature from books periodicals magazines etc.

          Answers would be sought to the formulated research questions and the positive hypothesis tested. The research report would be broken down into five chapters.




Prior to the discovery of oil in Nigeria in 1956 by shell B.P, coal was the primary source of energy.  Oil exploration in Nigeria stated as far back as (1908) although the discovery of minerals was reported the earlier in 1903.

          According to Ofurhie (2000;6) the petroleum industry in Nigeria dates back to 1956 when shall D, Archy now shell petroleum development  company of Nigeria discovered  oil commercial quantities of Oloibiri the present Bayelsa state in 1958.

          However, Nigeria national petroleum corporation (NNPC) (1990;2-3) reported that over 12 million barrels of  oil  was produced in Nigeria all from the Nigeria Basin are, production was increased from a mere 5.000 barrels per day in 1966; The report stated that  the increase was through slowed down by the civil war by 1970 daily production level of 2 million barrels per day had been achieved.

          In 1965 when Nigeria first petroleum refinery was established in Port Harcourt by shell and the British petroleum (BP) petroleum products used in   the country was imported.  The supply of the imported petroleum products all over the country was through multination also like shell ESSO, B P among others before the commissioning of the old Port Harcourt refinery in1966.  The old port Harcourt refinery was damaged during civil war and the marketers  and consumers of  petroleum products in  Nigeria  in depended on external sources without experiencing serious shortages  (pipelined products marketing company  PPMC 1993  a  = 1 )

          Recently  the marketing companies are supplied most of the products by the Nigeria national petroleum corporation (NNPC) subsiding company pipeline and products marketing company limited (PPMC) that is responsible for the primary distribution of petroleum  products in Nigeria.

          The importance of petroleum products in Nigeria can be fully appreciated when viewed against the dominant role of the use of the products especially in the manufacturing section and revenues generating from the marketing of the products play in the economy.

          Ose (2000;) suggested that apart from contributing the revenues of over 90%of the aggregate of the nations  export earnings the productive and social activities in the domestic and industrial sectors  of the Nigeria economy  many  grind to a halt, without  revenues and  benefits accruing to the nation from sales and energy supply from petroleum products usage.

          Since oil revenues and domestic energy consumption took center stage in the nation’s economy government interest in the up stream and down stream sectors of the oil industry have increased tremendously over the years.

The erstwhile department of petroleum resources in the ministry of mines and power in 1970 handles government’s interest in the oil industry.  The them Nigeria nation oil corporation (NND) which transformed into  Nigerian national petroleum corporation (NNPC) was formed in 1971 primarily to market crude oil and supervise  all oil operations in the country.

According to PPMC Aronimic (1994)28) it was in 1988 in major reorganization of NNPC that the government established the pipelines and products  marketing company  (PPMC) as one of it’s  eleven subsidiaries.  It was charged with the sole responsibility of ensuring efficient distribution and timely availability of reformed products across the   country.

          Despite the establishment of PPMC and the high volume of oil production in Nigeria there have been intermittent scar city of petroleum products and its attendant adverse effects on the economy especially in the industrial sector where large volumes of these products are consumed. 

PPMC Aronimic (1995: 45) reported that a total of 100, 656, 381barrelsof crude oil to be was received in 1994 from local consumption out of a planned 109,500.00 barrels expected to be consumed leading to a short fall of 8,843, 6519 barrels.  Also out of the 19583, 869 metric barrels   (tones)  of refined product expected from the refineries only 7,853, 304 metric tones reforesting 41% were  products out of the targeted local consumption output.  To achieve this the refineries processed 7,998,428 metric  tones of crude oil 1.e  (60,388,131)   barrels representing  (55.5%) in order to augment the shortfall in the refineries output, the company  (PPMC)  spent the sum of USD  543.5 million to import 2, 850, 800 metric tones of various petroleum products.

However there is apparent shortfall in quality of petroleum products available for industrial usage and most industrial concerns in Nigeria involved in manufacturing solely on one form of refined petroleum products or the other for their operations infect most heavy   and light industry power generating sets are run mainly by these petroleum products.  The  resultant negative effect of  the scarcity of the products have led  to the malfunctioning of these industry equipment which resulted in low productivity  low capacity utilization and  down ward turn on the over all economy and industrial  performance in Emenite Nigeria  limited.

          The failure of the oil refineries in the country and the electricity generating and distribution system occurred due to lack of commitment to maintenance   culture   (MAN; 1998: P).

The domestic capacity constraint has   curtailed the limit of achievement in local raw material souring and employment generation.

          The researcher therefore decided to investigate and study the problem associated with petroleum product scarcity on the capacity utilization of companies.  A case study of   Emenite Nigeria limited.


The rapid decrease in the economic activities in the country resulted by the shortage of petroleum products which was reflected in an accentuated economic recession.  The across domestic product (GDP) productivity reduction in industrial capacity utilization and discourage   inventory building up expectedly the unemployment problem became more explosive increasing poverty situation profits and investments for expansion diminished.

Further more the collapse of the oil refineries randomization’s of oil pipeline   sharp practices in the distribution net work   lack of maintenance culture all these gave rise to the acute shortage of products and consequently resulted in under capacity utilization of Emenite Nig ltd.

          Moreover it’s necessary for Emenite Nig. LTD to provide for alternative source of power through the purchase of generating sets and plants which are run by the consumption of Automotive Gas oil (AGO) and premium motor spirit (PMS). Also most plants on these factories use one from of lubricating oil or the order for it to function at all.  But the scarcity of these products causes the machines to be out of use with its attendant problems.  These problems, which the researcher seeks to find answers to.


The specific purpose of the study includes:

(a)              To identify the problem militating against the availability of petroleum products in Emenite factory.

(b)             To identify the impact of petroleum products scarcity on the capacity utilization of companies: The   case of Emenite Nigeria limited.

(c)              To evaluate the role played by government and its agencies to ensure availability of petroleum products.

(d)             To make suggestion and recommendations based on the data generated by this study.


The study covers the impact of petroleum products scarcity on capacity utilization of companies. A case study of Emenite Nigeria limited Enugu.  It does not cover other factories in the country.

          Although the areas of coverage are Emenite Nig Ltd, its findings are the overall national view of the impact of petroleum products scarcity on capacity utilization of companies in Nigeria.


The critical appraisal seeks to give answer to the following questions 

(a)              What makes you think that Emenite Nig Ltd, failed to meet the desired capacity utilization inspire of measures by government to boost the industrial sector.

(b)             To what  extent does  the non-availability f petroleum product affect the capacity utilization of Emenite Nig  Ltd

(c)              What are the role of government and its agencies in helping to ensure availability of petroleum products?

(d)             What should be done to ameliorate the problems of scarcity of petroleum products in order to improve capacity utilization with the industry sector?


This study very important in much respect

          Moreover the oil sector is a key player in the Nigeria economy. In that regard anything that affects its in variable touches every sector.  Therefore to the manufactures it’s of great interest to know possible solution to the persistent and intermittent supply of the petroleum products as a means of enhancing their capacity utilization profit level and output. 

          Furthermore, since the manufacturing industries especially Emenite Nigeria Limited are major source of employment apart from the public sector and also contributes product in the economy for these reasons it is of immense  important  to government  and society at large.

          For researcher the study will provide useful materials for researchers who may wish to deve into the study in the future for policy makes the study in formulations modify and even streamline existing government policies which will help solve or of least reduces the problems facing petroleum products consumers operations and government in its determination to achieve regular supply and availability of petroleum products.

          Finally the study will also help government achieve its target for the industry sector increase put level which will generate more employment opportunities in the industry.


For the purpose of the study the following terms used defined in the context in which they were used.

1                   P.M.S  it is known as premiums  major spirit or alternatively petrol

2                   MARKETER:-  a company licensed  by the department of petroleum resource operating under pipelines and product marketing company of   NNPC   to market and distribute petroleum 

3                   NNPC : Nigeria national  petroleum corporation

4                   MAN: manufacturers association of Nigeria

5                   AGO: automobile Gasoline oil literally called diesel used by have duty truck engines.

6                   DPK: dual purpose kerosene used for domestic cooking and aviation flue and other industry uses.

7                   NEPA: national electrical power authority

8                   GDP:  Gross domestic product

9                   NNOC: Nigeria national oil corporation

10              PPMC: pipeline and product marketing company.

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