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NNPC urge Reps to create laws to check pipeline vandalism

….KRPC TAM delivered within budget

By Hector Igbikiowubo
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Wednesday urged the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) to focus legislative efforts creating laws to check the rising spate of pipeline vandalism in the country.

The corporation has also disclosed that the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company (KRPC) was delivered within budget, adding that contrary to claims by Mr. Clever Ikisipo, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), the refinery was up and running.

Journalists who were conducted around the refinery yesterday discovered that several trucks on queue were loading petroleum products and leaving the premises for onward delivery to different filling stations across the northern parts of the country.

During a question and answer session, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, the Group General Manager, NNPC Group Public Affairs Division noted the corporation’s dismay at utterances credited to Mr. Clever Ikisipo.

He urged the Clever Ikisipo led committee on Downstream to note that acts of vandalism alone had cost the country over N170 billion in lost revenue, adding that the NNPC had enough difficulty trying to meet its statutory obligations and cannot afford to be distracted by claims that fail to add value.

“It is not the place of the NNPC to guaranty the security of the pipelines or make laws for that matter. We urge House of Representatives to rise to the challenges posed by pipeline vandalism and come up with laws that guard against this,” he said.

He noted that when the Clever Ikisipo led committee visited the KRPC on the 16th February, 2010, he refused all efforts by the management of the refinery to make a presentation on the state of the refinery.

Dr. Ajuonuma added that even when the Managing Director of the KRPC and the Group Executive Director in charge of NNPC refining and petrochemicals honoured an invitation from the Clever Ikisipo led committee, all efforts to present the true state of affairs at the Kaduna refinery was rebuffed.

He said it was unfortunate that rather than take briefing on the true state of affairs, Mr. Clever Ikisipo resorted to name callings and branding officers of the corporation as liars.

Also speaking, Mr B. Ayodele, the managing director of the KRPC reeled out petroleum products production figures between 19th February and 2nd March, 2010 indicating that 14, 989,000 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) had been produced and evacuated by 454 trucks.

Similarly, 6, 074,000 million litres of House Hold Kerosene (HHK) had since been produced and evacuated by 184 trucks, another 12,060,000 million litres of Automative Gas Oil (AGO) has been produced and evacuated by 411 trucks, while 13, 064,000 million litres of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) has been produced.

Mr. Ayodele disclosed that even though the refinery was producing, crude oil pumping from Warri had to stop intermittently on different dates following a line break at Shikara, Abaji, fire outbreak at Abaji, low crude stock at Warri and later line breaks at Omoko and Dangara villages.

He said there had also been a line break at Okpella, power failure at Auchi, suspected line break at an undisclosed location, line break at Auchi, lack of water at Auchi and a fire outbreak at Ogola.

Ayodele further disclosed that the TAM which lasted from November 2008 to November 2009 gulped $69 million against a budgeted $75 million expenditure, adding that another TAM is expected to take place after 30 months.


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