[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he NNPC on Wednesday said that it had lost 560,000 barrels of crude oil meant as feed stock to the refineries due to pipeline vandalism between January and May.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, disclosed this in Abuja, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu.
Baru said the visit was to strengthen collaboration between the NNPC and the NSCDC to better protect its oil installations/pipelines in the country.
“Under my watch as GMD, NNPC is committed to collaborating with the NSCDC and other government security agencies to finding lasting solution to eliminate losses and energy security threats,” he said, adding that the activities of vandals on NNPC’s pipelines in the Niger Delta region had become unbearable, and had led to substantial decline in the country’s crude oil production.
“The 2016 budget plan was based on 2.2 million bpd of crude production,” he pointed out. “The fiscal plan is now affected due to renewed militancy with about 700,000 bpd of oil production curtailed due to pipeline vandalism.”
Baru said that over 3,000 vandalism incidents were recorded every year from 2010 to 2015, while in 2015 alone, pipeline losses of products were over 643 million litres amounting to N51.28 billion.
He said the domestic natural gas supply to power had also been badly affected with an estimated drop of about 50 per cent from 1,400mms cfd to below 700mms cfd.
The NNPC boss, therefore, called on the NSCDC and other security agencies to step up security and surveillance in the affected areas in the interest of the nation.
Earlier, the NSCDC boss pledged the readiness of the Corps to step up security surveillance and protection of oil installations in the country.
He said the NSCDC personnel had been undergoing re-training to deal with the challenge.