The Nigeria  National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) through its Renewable Energy Division (RED) is re-positioned to seek core-Investors to implement Nigeria’s Automotive  Biofuels Industry Programme through a series of planned Special Purpose Vehicles(SPVs).The Automotive Biofuels Industry Programme through a series of Planned Special Purpose vast agricultural potentials with abundant skilled and unskilled labour in the Country; and the synergy of NNPC  Downstream  assets, capabilities  and infrastructural facilities. The rationale for the Automotive Biofuels Industry Programme is to develop Low-Carbon Energy for the Transportation Sector with significant financial returns, mitigate Climate Change, create wealth and employment and attain Sustainable Development across the Country.

NNPC has secured suitable land portions to develop Fuel-Ethanol and Biodiesel Projects from Local and State Authorities and has completed Site-specific, bankable, detailed Feasibility studies using International Experts and registration with appropriate Public Institutions. The Corporation is seeking to create special purpose Vehicles with strategic core Investors having proven operational and managerial expertise in Large-scale Integrated Biofuels Plantations and Plants envisaged for the Programme .While NNPC will indicate its negotiable shareholding of 20-30% in each of the partnerships, the Core Investor(s) would be expected to undertake 100% funding of the project(s) under a Carry Agreement in the first Phase.

To demonstrate the feasibility, the Corporation intends to start with the proposed Sugarcane Fuel-Ethanol Project in Agasha-Guma area of Benue State, Nigeria.

Investors being sought must have the following characteristics:

  • Ability to take majority equity ownership, as sole investors or as a leader or, group of investors;
  • Proven competence in the following:
  • Ownership/or management of large-scale Sugarcane Plantations;
  • Ownership/or operation of large-scale Sugarcane mill, Fuel-Ethanol processing,
  • Redefined sugar production, Bagasse cogeneration under a zero-waste concept.
  • Commodity trading (Ethanol, Sugar, etc.)
  • Clean Development Mechanism Projects Activities;
  • Joint Venture partnering track records

The first phase of the project will cover at least 50,000 hectares of Sugarcane plantations in close proximity, fitted with:

  • Fuel –Ethanol processing plant;
  • Cane Mill and Refined Sugar Plant;
  • Bagasse Cogeneration plants;
  • Carbon Dioxide recovery and bottling plant, and
  • Other Utilities as appropriate


NNPC in compliance with the provisions of the public procurement Act 2007 request interest Companies to submit the detailed requirements listed below in their pre-qualification bid documents:

3.1  full details of Company profile with Certification of Incorporation, certified true copies of memorandum and articles of Association of the Company and CAC form of CO2 AND CO7(particulars of Directors) – where applicable;

3.2 company Tax clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years (2012, 2013, and 2014)

3.3 Evidence of VAT Registration

3.4 Evidence of current registration of PENCOM and section 1(2) Pension Reform Act 2004

3.5 Evidence of compliance with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) amendment act 2001 by inclusion of copy of compliance certificate from the industrial training fund.

3.6 Audited account for the past (3) years (2012, 2013 and 2014)

3.7 Nigerian content plan that demonstrates full utilization of Nigerian labour and services with detailed description of role, work scope and man-hours in order to achieve maximum target as set out in the requirement of the NOFICD Act, 2010

3.8 Current and in-place organizational structure with detailed experience and skills of key management personnel with names. Provide evidence (personnel list and position organizational chart) percentage of managements that are Nigerian Nationals and the percentage of total workforce that are Nigerians

3.9 Detail past/present commitment to staff training and development of Nigerian Personnel.

3.10 Evidence of Financial capability

3.11 Bank reference letter from credible bank

3.12 Evidence of relevant verifiable investment/partnership experience in Biofuels Projects anywhere in the world over the past (5) years .Please attach reference letters.

3.13 List of verifiable similar service detailing companies that the service was rendered to: Company full address (not P.O BOX), functional phone numbers and email addresses.

3.14 Company’s CASHES and QA/QC policy and detail of safety records for accidents, incidents injuries and damages for the past three years e.g. lost tine incident, down time, etc.

3.15 Any additional information that will enhance the potential of the company.


All prospective companies wishing to express their interest to tender for the procurement of the works described in 2.0 above shall submit relevant documentation for pre-qualification as stipulated in 3.0 above. The requested information and any other supporting document in respect of this requirement should be submitted in ONE original plus ONE hard copy and two electronic copies (CD ROM). The document which should be in separate packages shall be sealed and clearly marked “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: INVESTOR PARTNERSHIP FOR NNPC BIOFUELS PROJECTS to reach the address below on or before SIX (6) weeks from the date of pulication.The closing for the expression of interest is on the 4th of January, 2016 at 12noon.The bids shall be opened immediately after the due date.



1st FLOOR, Block D, ROOM 45B,





It must be noted that:

5.1 Only shortlisted companies will be contacted

5.2 Late submissions shall be rejected

5.3 Registration at the NIPEX portal shall be an added advantage

5.4 Your company shall provide NNPC with a letter of authority to verify claims made in your submissions

5.5 Please note that this is not an invitation to tender; only companies adjudged qualified by NNPC under this pre-qualification procedure will be invited to participation in the competitive tender.

5.6 All claims must be adequately substantiated and verifiable.NNPC shall deal with only authorized officers of the interested companies and not through individuals or agents (ownership is therefore essential).

5.7 All cost incurred by your company as a result of this pre-qualification exercise and any subsequent for information shall be to your account.

5.8 The expression of interest and any other related process neither creates any commitment by; NNPC nor any legal relationship.

NNPC is now inviting eligible firms to indicate their interest in creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with the Corporation to develop a thriving Biofuels Industry in Nigeria. Interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to become core investors in the proposed SPV and possess the relevant expertise and financial capacity for a Carry Agreement.

All requests for clarification, which must be concluded not later than 21st of December, 2015 should be addressed to:

Group General Manager,

Renewal Energy Division,

Block B;6th Floor; Room 06.04,

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Herbert Macaulay Way,

Central Business District, Abuja,