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NNPCL Recorded 9,000 Infractions On Pipelines In 1yr – Mele

todayMarch 13, 2024 7

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The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Ltd. Mr. Mele Kyari says in one year NNPCL recorded 9000 infractions on the pipeline.

Mr. Kyari who stated this when the House of Representatives Special Committee on Oil Theft went on an oversight function at the headquarters of NNPC Ltd. in Abuja explained that from 2022 to date, NNPCL has deactivated 6,465 illegal refineries and also removed 4,876 illegal connections to a pipeline out of the 5,570 discovered.

He expressed concern that the
menace of pipeline vandals are being perpetrated unabated, making it impossible to guarantee the production that would happen the next day.

According to him, the NNPCL has taken measures to curtail the menace of pipeline vandals by incorporating all security agencies into a single platform, including private security.

“It is very obvious that despite all the integrity issues with our pipeline and our facilities, we have capacity beyond 2 million barrels per day without doing anything.

“But today, we are struggling to meet the budget estimate of 1.6 million barrels per day. This by no means is related to crude oil theft; no, it’s not true, but the core issue that is affecting the other core issue is crude theft.

“In 2022, it became so obvious that if something drastic is not done, we are going to run into trouble. On a specific date, our production came down to as low as 1.1 million barrels per day.

Speaking, the Chairman of the Special Committee, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, expressed worry over the high rate of infractions or damage to an oil and/or gas pipeline in the country.”

According to him, it is also saddening that these infractions do not stop with the pipelines; daily breaches are also recorded at the oil well heads, flow stations, loading, and export terminals, among others.

He also mentioned that the non-transparency of regulatory activities at the Nation’s crude oil export terminals were alarming.

“We are compiling the facts and figures. Instances where approvals are hastily granted to vessels involved in crude theft just to cover official complicity are reported”.

“incidences of undeclared liftings are noted, and all these and several other infractions, particularly in our offshore marine environment, contribute to the huge volume of crude oil theft being reported”.

According to him, it is indisputable that Nigeria has been bedeviled by crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism of enormous proportions, most of which occurs within the Niger Delta region.

Oduyemi Odumade, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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