NNPC RECORDS 77% UPSURGE IN VANDALISM OF ITS PIPELINES
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday, revealed that it has recorded a 77 per cent increase in cases of oil pipeline vandalism on its network of pipeline infrastructure across the country.
It was disclosed in a statement from its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, that records of the increase were contained in its Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) for the month of June 2019.
According to the statement, the number of ruptured points on its pipeline in June was 106, representing an upsurge from the 60 points vandalised in May 2019.
The corporation further explained that the Aba-Enugu axis in the system 2E pipeline corridor was responsible for 25 per cent of the total pulverised points, while the Lagos Atlas Cove-Mosimi axis of the system 2B had 23 per cent of the damaged pipeline points.
It added that the Ibadan-Ilorin lap of the System 2B pipeline accounted for 18 per cent of affected lines, and the Port Harcourt-Aba section of the system 2E which was responsible for 13 per cent of the affected pipeline.
The NNPC said that other areas were responsible for the remaining 21 per cent of the increasing pipeline breaks.
The corporation noted that the monthly report was part of its plans to open its operations, activities and finances to the public, adding that in spite of the breaks of its vital pipeline network during the period, it ensured continuous fuel supply and effective distribution across the country.
“During the month under review, 1.76 billion litres of petrol, translating to 58.65 million litres per day were supplied and effectively distributed,” said the corporation in the statement.
It stated that to maintain the adequate products supply and distribution in the downstream sector, it had continued to monitor the daily stock of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol across the country.