Alison-Madueke charges Okrika community to protect oil facilities

*Commissions Okrika Jetty

05 November 2012, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has charged the leaders and people of Okrika community in Rivers State, to protect the Okrika Jetty and the pipelines from the nefarious activities of vandals.

The Minister who made this appeal during the commissioning of the Okrika Jetty B stated that the economic benefits of the jetty to the Okrika community and the entire nation are immense, adding that it guarantees the evacuation of 50% of the products from the Port Harcourt Refinery.

She said the Jetty, which is very strategic to evacuation of products from Port Harcourt Refinery Company (PHRC), was completely reconstructed by an indigenous Nigerian company, Lee Engineering, in furtherance of the Federal Government’s Nigerian Content Initiative.

The Minister informed that the Jetty can take up to 35, 000 tonnes ship weight of products and exports products such as Automated Gas Oil (AGO), Fuel Oil, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and even Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) from the Port Harcourt Refinery.

She said the President Jonathan administration is embarking on an aggressive refineries rehabilitation project to reduce products importation and that without complementary facilities like the Okrika jetty it would not be possible for the refineries to produce at optimal capacity as they would have evacuation challenges.

Diezani said she was particularly excited about the Okrika jetty project because it reinforces the administration’s belief in the Nigerian Content policy, adding that the entire rehabilitation and upgrade of the jetty was handled by a local company.

The Jetty which was originally built to load products from the Port Harcourt Refinery has been reconfigured to receive imported products and pump same to the South- Eastern zonal depots in Aba and Enugu up to Minna and Gombe depots through the System 2E and 2EX Pipeline network.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by the NNPC GMD, Andy Yakubu, members of the NNPC top management as well as other top government functionaries.

It would be recalled that in 2006, a fire caused by pipeline vandals who were scooping fuel from a vandalized point on one of the pipelines gutted the pipeline up to the jetty, completely destroying the control systems and several loading arms.

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  • We wonder where Nigerian government functionaries get the idea that it is the duty or place of community dwellers to provide security for oil facilities within their domain. It really isn’t the place of these community dwellers to provide such security, rather, the onus rests with the owners of such facilities to provide security. Recently we reported the Abia state government threatening to dethrone traditional rulers in whose domain pipeline vandalism occurs and now the minister is charging the leaders and people of Okrika to secure oil facilities.