By Shola Akingboye
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has raised an alarm on the increasing incidents of pipeline vandalism across the country, saying in October last year its pipeline network suffered a 42.9 per cent increase in the incidents of pipeline vandalism compared to the previous month during the year.
Giving a breakdown of the incidents of breaches in its infrastructure, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in a Press statement made available to RegentAfrica Times in Abuja, said the corporation recorded 219pipeline vandalized points in the month under review, compared to 125 incidents it suffered in September of the same year.
Mr. Ughamadu said the findings that were captured in the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report for October 2018 revealed that among the breaches, four vandalized pipeline points failed to be welded and one point was ruptured.
The report stated that cases of vandalism of pipeline facilities were high along Ibadan-Ilorin and Aba-Enugu axis, accounting for 81 (40%) and 39 (18%)vandalized points respectively.
Mr. Ughamadu said that despite the challenge posed by pipeline vandalism, the NNPC kept an eye on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) stock level to ensure zero fuel queue across the nation.
The NNPC monthly report also stated that Nigeria earned $640.35million from the export of crude oil and gas for the month of October, 2018.
The report said the total export receipt of $640.35 million recorded in October 2018 was higher than the $527.70 million logged in September 2018, expatiating that the receipt showed $450.44million accrued from crude oil sale with gas and miscellaneous receipts standing at $173.92 million and $15.99 million respectively.
In the downstream sector, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a downstream subsidiary of NNPC, posted a receipt of ₦231.33billion from sales of white products in the month of October 2018 compared with ₦150.25 billion sold in of September 2018.
Total revenues generated from the sales of white products for the period October 2017 to October 2018 stands at ₦2.684Trillion, where PMS contributed about 88.32 percent of the total sales value of ₦2.371 Trillion.
To ensure continuous increase of PMS supply and effective distribution across the country, a total of 1.66 billion litres of petrol, translating to 55.50milion liters/day, were supplied for the month under review.
The report noted that out of the 1,066.88 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd) of gas supplied to the domestic market in October 2018, about 627.33mmscfd of gas representing 58.81percent was supplied to gas-fired power plants to generate an average power of about 2,349MW compared with the September 2018, where an average of 615mmscfd was supplied to generate 2,303MW.
The balance of 439.35mmscfd or 41.19percent was supplied to other industries.
Similarly, for the period of October 2017 to October 2018 an average of 1,188.58mmscfd of gas was supplied to the domestic market, comprising of an average of 744.06mmscfd or (62.60 percent) as gas supply to the power plants and 444.52mmscfd or (37.40 percent) as gas supply to industries.
About 3,096.18 mmscfd or 89.58 percent of the export gas was sent to Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) Bonny.
The October, 2018 NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report is the 39th in the series.