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NNPC Uncovers 223 Fresh Illegal Connections and Refineries in Niger Delta, Intensifies Fight Against Oil Theft

Boom RadioNG | February 21, 2024
NNPC L illegal bunkering site inspection with top Security operatiives and stakeholders photo credit NNPCL

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) is intensifying its efforts to combat crude oil theft as it recently uncovered 223 new illegal connections and illegal refineries in the Niger Delta. A two-minute video obtained by Channels Television on Wednesday revealed that these incidents occurred between February 10th and 16th, 2024.

A breakdown of the discoveries shows that 27 incidents took place at Matron Engineering facilities, 21 at Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited, 7 at Shell Petroleum Development Company facilities, 4 at Tantite Security Services Ltd, and 156 incidents were recorded at facilities owned by government security agencies.

Further details indicate that 20 illegal connections were found in Okirika, Rivers State, Bayelsa State, and Delta State, while illegal refineries were uncovered in various locations across Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, and Abia states.

NNPC L illegal bunkering site inspection with top Security operatiives and stakeholders photo credit NNPCL

NNPC L illegal bunkering site inspection with top Security operatiives and stakeholders photo credit NNPCL

The video footage shows sacks of crude oil discovered in Warri, while cans of crude oil were seized in Edo State. More oil sacks were also confiscated in Olobiri, Bayelsa State. Vandalized wellheads and pipelines were spotted in Bayelsa, and vehicles used by the oil thieves were seized in Ole, Ugheli, and Warri in Delta State.

According to the NNPCL, a total of 52 suspects have been arrested thus far.

In terms of geography, the State Oil Company reported that 8 incidents occurred in deep blue waters, 32 in the western region, 123 in the central region, and 60 in the eastern region of the Niger Delta.

“The war on crude oil theft will continue until the menace is eradicated,” stated Mele Kyari, the Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL. These recent incidents come at a time when the oil and gas sector is grappling with relatively low crude oil production.

Statistics from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC’s) Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) for February reveal that Nigeria’s crude oil production increased to 1.4 million barrels per day in January. However, the country has been unable to meet its OPEC quota of 1.74 mb/d for 2023 and 1.58 mb/d for 2024.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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