NNPC Uncovers Illegal Pipeline Used To Steal Oil For Nine Years
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has uncovered an illegal oil connection from Forcados Terminal that operated for nine years.
NNPCL Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, disclosed this on Tuesday at the Senate’s joint committees on Gas and Petroleum (Upstream and Downstream), where he also apologised for skipping the last briefing on health grounds.
“Oil theft in the country has been going on for over 22 years but the dimension and rate it assumed in recent times is unprecedented,” Kyari said.
According to him, a four-kilometer illegal oil connection line from Forcados Terminal into the sea which had been in operation for nine years was detected during a clampdown in the past six weeks.
He also stated that the Brass, Forcados, and Bonny terminals were all practically doing zero production, adding, “The combined effect is that you have lost 600,000 barrels per day when you do a reality test,” he said.