07 February 2016, Port Harcourt — Business Development Manager of Seafrills Energy Limited, Mr. Obafemi Ajayi has lauded the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu for expediting action that saw the restoration of the Port Harcourt-Aba supply line and moving to link up with Makurdi in Benue State.
Ajayi who said the feat was due to the focused programme of the present regime pointed out that the supply chain had been disabled for the past 16 years due to vandalism on the pipelines
“For the first time in 16 years, the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), successfully pumped about 10 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from the Port Harcourt, Rivers State refinery to Aba, Abia State depot. The company also achieved the successful operationalisation of fuel transmission from Atlas Cove to Mosimi, Mosimi to Ibadan and Ilorin, Kwara State. The transmission line from Enugu to Makurdi, Benue State is equally ready as you read.
“These great feats were achievable because of Kachikwu’s zero tolerance for oil vandalisation through 3rd party contractors, private security companies and Navy, Army and the Police.
“The process commenced around 1400 hours (2 p.m.) on Saturday, on the constant watch and surveillance of PPMC officials and security operatives”, he said.
According to Ajayi, senior executives of the PPMC attested that it was the first time that they would be recording such feat without having to shut down the process to disturbance of any sort.
“As a result, Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) has been introduced while the establishment gets set to pump Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) immediately after it completes its transmission of AGO across the pipelines”, he pointed out.
He said the development had seen Aba depot becoming a beehive of activities, likewise the other Atlas Cove, Mosimi, Ibadan and Ilorin stations.
“At the backdrop of activities at the oil stations however, PPMC security network successfully detected and destroyed over 80 valves inserted by oil thieves to illicitly siphon fuel between the Port Harcourt refinery and Aba depot. The detection and destruction of the illicit valves was expertly supervised and executed by PPMC staff and security network while initiating countermeasures to prevent such sabotage and theft in the future.
“The successful operationalisation of the Port Harcourt-Aba oil transmission network no doubt substantiates the incumbent Minister of State for Petroleum, Kachikwu’s statement of purpose at the beginning of his tenure; Kachikwu promised to establish fundamental change in the nation’s oil sector.