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  • Updated: February 21, 2024

NNPCL uncovers 223 illegal oil facilities

NNPCL uncovers 223 illegal oil facilities

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) is intensifying its crackdown on crude oil theft, having recently uncovered 223 new illegal connections and refineries in the Niger Delta region.

These discoveries were made between February 10th and 16th, 2024, as revealed in a two-minute video obtained on its Twitter page on Wednesday.

According to the breakdown provided, among the 223 incidents, 27 were located at Matron Engineering facilities, 21 at Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited, 7 at Shell Petroleum Development Company facilities, and 4 at Tantite Security Services Ltd.

Notably, 156 of the incidents were recorded at facilities owned by government security agencies.

Further details indicate that 20 illegal connections were discovered in Okirika, Rivers State, as well as in Bayelsa State, Delta State, and other locations.

Illegal refineries were also found across Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, and Abia states.

The video footage showcased various pieces of evidence, including sacks of crude oil discovered in Warri, seized cans of crude oil in Edo State, and additional oil sacks seized in Olobiri, Delta State.

Vandalized wellheads and pipelines were observed in Bayelsa, while vehicles used by the oil thieves were confiscated in Ole, Ugheli, and Warri in Delta State.

NNPCL has reported the arrest of 52 suspects in connection with these illegal activities.

Geographically, the incidents were spread out, with 8 recorded in deep blue waters, 32 in the western region, 123 in the central region, and 60 in the eastern region of the Niger Delta.

Mele Kyari, the Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, reiterated the company's unwavering commitment to eradicating crude oil theft, emphasizing that there will be no relenting until the menace is completely eradicated.

These recent findings come amidst challenges in Nigeria's crude oil production sector.

 

Despite a slight increase to 1.4 million barrels per day in January 2024, the country has struggled to meet its OPEC quota of 1.74 mb/d for 2023 and 1.58 mb/d for 2024, as reported by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in its Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) for February.

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