25 October 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja — Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Wednesday, said it recorded petroleum products pipeline breaches at 70 points, out of which 62 pipelines were vandalized for the month of August 2017.
The NNPC, in a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said the strategic Port Harcourt-Aba pipeline was singled out as a major culprit, accounting for 46 vandalized points or 74 per cent of total recorded cases.
To tackle the challenge, Ughamadu said the NNPC in collaboration with the Federal Government had continued to engage members of various host communities to stem incidences of pipeline infractions.
He further identified security synergy with IOCs as part of the steps taken to stem oil and gas sabotage which involved deployment of a structured and holistic security apparatus in operational areas.
The NNPC report further revealed that 950.67 million litres of white products were distributed and sold by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC in the month of August 2017.
Ughamadu stated that although the figure was lower than the 1.121 billion litres recorded in the preceding month of July 2017, yet it was enough to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products.
He said, “A further breakdown down of the figure indicated that Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise called petrol distributed during the period was 814.02 million litres, Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), or kerosene supply stood at 59.92 million litres, while 76.73 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil or diesel was also distributed to the domestic market during the period under reference.
“Special products supplied for the month of August 2017 was 11.09 million litres, comprising 10.13 million litres of Low Pure Fuel Oil, LPFO and other special products of 0.96 million litres.”
Furthermore, Ughamadu stated that the gas flare rate in Nigeria stood at 12 per cent, which translated to 919.73 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) as at August 2017 compared to 10.03 per cent for the preceding month of July 2017.
He stated prior to now, Nigeria was among countries with the highest gas flare rates, but noted that a number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects aimed at appropriate gas utilization have improved the country’s standing in this the regard.
The report, he said, gave an average gas flare rate of 10.15 per cent, which is 734.56 mmscfd, for the period August 2016 to August 2017.
He added that despite enormous challenges facing the downstream sub-sector of the petroleum industry, the NNPC has continued to maintain adequate products supply nationwide.
Ughamadu attributed the success story to strategic interventions by the Corporation in respect of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) supply, revamp and re-commissioning of critical pipelines and depots across the country, as well as robust engagement with critical Downstream stakeholders, among which are Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, (MOMAN), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association of Nigeria (PTDAN) as well as the Independent Petroleum Marketers (IPMAN).