The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that it spent a total of N41.98bn on pipeline repairs and management cost in the first half of this year.
The NNPC disclosed this in its latest monthly oil report, saying, “Products theft and vandalism have continued to destroy value and put NNPC at disadvantaged competitive position.”
According to the national oil company, a total of 1,067 vandalised points were recorded between June 2019 and June 2020.
It stated that a total of 33 pipeline points were vandalised in June 2020, representing about 11 per cent decrease from the 37 points recorded in May.
The NNPC said, “Mosimi-Ibadan accounted for 33 per cent while ATC-Mosimi and Warri-River Niger recorded 27 per cent of the breaks each; other locations make up for the remaining 13 per cent.
“NNPC in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders continuously strive to reduce and eventually eliminate this menace.”
In August, the NNPC called on investors to bid for the repairs of pipelines and depots across the country, adding that the rehabilitation of the facilities would be done through a build, operate and transfer model.
Poor maintenance and vandalism have left many of the depots and pipelines idle for years, with the number of fuel tankers on the roads increasing and wreaking havoc.
A further breakdown on what the corporation expended on pipeline repairs showed that it spent N5.48bn on pipeline repairs and management cost in January; N6.74bn in February; N7.69bn in March; N7.84bn in April; N7.99bn in May and N6.24bn in June.
The corporation noted that over the years, the pipeline network had suffered incessant unauthorised interference, adding that this was one of the strongest drivers for the introduction of horizontal directional drilling to the scope of the project.
By Peace Obi