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1.0             Introduction

1.1     Background 

1.2             statement of the problem

1.3             objective purpose of the study

1.4             scope of the study

1.5             research questions

1.6             significance of the study


2.0             Review of related literature

2.1     Historical perspective of the oil industry development in Nigeria

2.2             The beginning of petroleum product scarcity in Nigeria

2.3             Petroleum products requirement and in Nigeria

2.4             Causes of petroleum product scarcity

2.5             The role of government its agencies and other organizations in ensuring availability of petroleum   product in Nigeria

2.6             Overview of companies in Nigeria

2.7             The concept of capacity utilization

2.8             The impact of petroleum product scarcity  on capacity utilization of companies

2.9             Summary  of the review literature


3.0             Methodology


3.2             Area of the study

3.3             Population of the study

3.4             Sample and sampling procedure

3.5             Instrument for data collection

3.6             Validation of the instrument

3.7             Reliability of the instrument

3.8             Method  of data collection

3.9             Method of data analysis


4.0             Data presentation and results and summary  of result

4.1     presentation and analysis of data

4.2             Analysis of data

4.3             Summary of result


5.0     Discussion implication and recommendation

5.1             discussion of result / findings

5.2             conclusion

5.3              implication of the study

5.4             recommendations

5.5             suggestion for further research

5.6             limitation of the study




4.1     Response rate of the Distributed Questionnaires

4.2             Demographic Characteristics of the  respondents

4.3             Distribution of respondents by Age  group

4.4             Distribution of respondents y educational qualification

4.5             Distribution of respondents by number of years worked in the organization

4.6             Effects  of constrains on the Availability of petroleum products

4.7             Problems militating against the availability of petroleum products.

4.8             Identifying the impact of petroleum products scarcity on the capacity utilization of EMENITE Nigeria limited

4.9             Evaluating the role played by government and its agencies to Ensure the  Availability of the products


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.