Oil pipeline vandalism drops by 12 per cent

Titilayo Ipinjolu, Abuja

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says that there is a 12.77 per cent reduction in downstream pipeline vandalism.

In a statement, the NNPC explained that this was achieved through extensive engagement with the oil and gas community stakeholders embarked upon by the Federal Government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Meanwhile according to the April 2017 NNPC Financial and Operations report released in Abuja on Monday, downstream pipeline sabotage decreased from 94 pipeline vandalized points in March, 2017 to 82 in April 2017, representing a 12.77% reduction relative to the previous month.

The April 2017 numbers also indicated substantial progress compared to corresponding period of April 2016 which recorded 214 incidents.

In terms of products availability within the period, the Corporation maintained adequate stock of over 1.2 billion litres of petrol sufficient for more than 34 days forward consumption.

It was also recorded that during the period, the NNPC in an effort to reduce to the barest minimum the incidences of fire outbreak in the 21 depots across the country, received bids from no fewer than 37 companies to supply six triple agent fire fighting trucks for the operation of the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC), one of the downstream subsidiaries of NNPC.

The report also noted that NNPC has continued to import Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) to supplement local refining, while the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN continues to make available foreign exchange to marketers to import AGO and ATK.

The April 2017 report which is the 21stedition of the NNPC Financial and Operations report added that average national daily gas production stood at 242.32 Billion Cubic Feet, BCF or an average of 8,077.19 Million Standard Cubic feet per day, representing 6.79% increase relative to the previous month.

Comparatively, the daily average natural gas supply to gas power plants slightly decreased to 672mmscfd (or equivalent to power generation of 2,787 MW in April, 2017) relative to 689mmscfd recorded in last month.

However, the report also stated that this supply is 22.85% higher than the corresponding supply recorded in April 2016 of 547mmscfd.

Omolayo.A