Nigeria’s Oil Corporation Records 77% Increase In Pipeline Vandalism In June
…Records 106 breaches up from 60 in May
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that 106 pipeline points were breached or vandalized in its network of pipeline infrastructure across Nigeria in June this year, representing 77 per cent increase in cases of oil pipeline vandalism.
This, the apex oil corporation said, representing an increase from the 60 points vandalized in May 2019.
In its Monthly Financial and Operation Report (MFOR) for the month of June released in Abuja last Sunday, the corporation said the Aba-Enugu axis in the system 2E pipeline corridor accounted for 25% of the total pulverized points, while the Lagos Atlas Cove-Mosimi axis of the system 2B had 23% of the compromised pipeline points.
The report further said that the Ibadan-Ilorin leg of the System 2B pipeline accounted for 18% of affected lines, followed by the PHC-Aba section of the system 2E which was responsible for 13% of the affected pipeline. “Other areas accounted for the remaining 21% of cumulative line breaks,” it said. In spite of the wanton breaches of its critical pipeline network during the period, NNPC said within the period in review, it ensured continuous fuel supply and effective distribution across the country during the month under review.
It said the corporation supplied 1.76 billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol in June. The quantity of petrol supplied translated to 58.65 million litres/day effectively distributed. It noted that to sustain the supply and distribution of the products in the downstream sector, the Corporation continued to monitor the daily stock of PMS across the nation.
In the gas sub-sector, the report disclosed that 223.98 Billion Cubic Feet (BCF) of natural gas was produced during the period in review, translating to an average daily production of 7,466.09 million Standard Cubic Feet Per Day (mmscfd).
“The figure posted a slight increase of 0.11% compared with the previous month’s gas production. For the period June 2018 to June 2019, a total of 3,063.89BCF of gas was produced representing an average daily production of 7,873.58mmscfd during the period. Period-to-date Production from Joint Ventures (JVs), Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and NPDC contributed about 68.93%, 21.34% and 9.74% respectively, to the total national gas production,” it said.
The monthly report is part of the corporation’s strategies to open its operations, activities and finances to the public.