20 Great Opportunities in the Oil & Gas Business in Nigeria

oil and gas businessIf you are interested in starting a business in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria but dont know how and where to start, you will definitely find this information useful. Many entrepreneurs know that the Oil and Gas business is very lucrative in Nigeria but they don’t have the money to start because they think it’s capital intensive. Business-Matter.com uncover some great and lucrative opportunities in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria that requires small or no capital to start.

The oil and gas sector is one of the most strictly regulated industry, but probably the most profitable and risky. In fact, crude oil or petroleum and its derivatives are essential commodities that are consumed on daily basis. Despite the  demands for the adoption of alternative renewable energy resources, oil still remains the number one because 99.99% of all vehicles and machines use either PMS (Petrol) or AGO (Diesel). So the demand for petroleum products would still be on the increase even in the future except a different kind of  renewable energy is invented.

Starting a business in the oil and gas industry is a very profitable venture, many have made millions and others have even become billionaires. Theses are just list of few individuals who have made billions in the oil and gas industry.

John D. Rockefeller – Standard Oil
J. Paul Getty – Getty Oil
Harold Hamm – Continental Resources
Dhirubhai Ambani, the father of Mukesh Ambani – Reliance industries
George Mitchell – Mitchell Energy
T. Boone Pickens
George Kaiser
Vagit Alekperov – Lukoil
Eike Batista – OGX Oil and Gas
Mike Adenuga – Continental Oil and Gas
Folorunsho Alakija – Famfa Oil Ltd
Femi Otedola – Forte Oil
Roman Abramovich

The list above should inspire you to know that Oil and Gas is a very lucrative venture. There isn’t any need of becoming a resident in Nigeria, USA, Saudi-Arabia or any other oil producing country to take advantage of this opportunity. You won’t need to have big capital before you can be an oil merchant, as there are many profitable but low startup capital services that you can render in the oil and gas industry. What you need is the desire for success, and the nitty-gritty of the business before starting. So without further ado, here are some lucrative business opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

As earlier said, it should be noted that that the oil and gas industry is strictly regulated, so you could be faced with challenges of getting licensed or accreditation. In Nigeria, you will have to scale the hurdles of getting licenses and approvals from NNPC, CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission), PPPRA (Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency), DPR (Department of Petroleum Resources), before you can venture into the oil and gas business.

The Business ideas and Opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry

1. Oil Drilling and Exploration

Starting with oil and gas exploration is the most risky but lucrative business in the petroleum industry. To start, you will need a large amount of capital, heavy machinery, a highly competent technical team and an approval from the government. In Nigeria, such approval is called an “Oil Prospecting License (OPL).” Companies operating at this level include Exxon Mobil, Texaco, Chevron, Conoil, etc.

2. Equipment Leasing

If you dont have large capital to venture into oil exploration, you can still make money by setting up an equipment leasing company to serve the petroleum sector specifically.

3. Petroleum Refining

Another lucrative business in the oil and gas industry is petroleum refining. It is possible to setup your own small private refinery and compete with the big players in the industry, since oil is a commodity that actually has no unique selling point. For instance, with the deregulation of the downstream sector in Nigeria, and the current upstream deregulation plus the planned subsidy removal; setting up a private refinery is the next business that will kick off in Nigeria.

4. Crude Oil Exportation

5. Fuel Importation

6. Offshore Trading

Some oil shipping tankers don’t have the permission to sail through the waterways of certain countries, so what they do is to sell of their oil at the border to a merchant whose ship have the right to enter the country. If you have the capital and logistics to buy these products offshore at a bargain, you can make some profit from the deal.

7. Oil Farm / Depot

You can also setup a tank farm and sell petroleum products to distributors and retailers. In this case, you will need to build massive tank farms or reservoirs to store your products as you will either import your own products, or source your products from the local refineries or buying from the oil tankers.

8. Fuel Haulage and Logistics

If you want to avoid the stress of getting a license and the strict compliance associated with starting an oil company, then you can purchase trucks and haul petroleum products for marketers from the depots to their desired destinations.

9. Filling Stations

You can also setup a fuel station and retail petroleum products such as PMS (Petrol Motor Spirit), AGO (Diesel), DPK (Kerosene) to domestic and commercial users.

10. Petrochemicals refining

You can start the production of petrochemicals such as Benzene, Ethylene, Ammonia, Toluene, etc.

11. Domestic DPK Retailing

Just recently, I have started seeing mini fuel stations with just a pumping machine; within some streets in Lagos and some others states. This mini fuel stations are simply retailing Kerosene to households and domestic users. If you don’t have the funds to purchase motorized pump-machines, you can start by using big barrels. But remember that you must be licensed before you can start this business.

12. Gas Wholesaling and Retailing

You can also setup a gas plant, or a wholesaling point. Or better still, you can retail domestic gas like ethane and butane, etc.

13. Petroleum Supply on Contract Basis

You can also supply AGO (Diesel) to companies that run heavy duty power generators like banks, manufacturing firms, telecom companies, etc. You can also supply aviation fuel to airlines on demand-and-supply basis.

14. Oil and Gas Consulting

Have you being employed in the oil and gas industry for a long time? Do you have the skill and experience? Do you understand the modus operandi of some specific oil businesses? Then you can become a consultant with expertise in the oil and gas industry. Your duty here is to offer advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and investors seeking to venture into the oil and gas industry. You can also help them scale the hurdles of the oil industry.

15. Oil and Gas Brokerage Services

Even if you have no money to venture into the oil and gas business, you can still profit from the industry by offering brokerage services between buyers and sellers of petroleum products.

16. Blogging

You can also start a blog profiling oil and gas companies; and keeping the stakeholders abreast with the happenings in the oil and gas sector.

17. Publish a Magazine

Just as in the case of blogging, you can start a hard cover magazine focusing on the oil and gas sector.

18. Start a TV Show production

You can also launch a TV show targeting the oil and gas sector. You can profile and interview entrepreneurs in the oil sector, review the challenges in the petroleum sector, etc.

19. Oil and Gas services

You can also start an oil and gas services company. Your company can choose to offer services such as safety, hazard control, pipeline installation, other installations, pipeline monitoring and security, etc.

20. Invest in Oil and Gas companies

Now if you lack the capital or the entrepreneurial prowess to venture into the oil and gas business, you can still make money off the industry by investing in a reputable oil and gas company with proven track record. Just ensure you do your due diligence before you invest a dime.

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