The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has refuted reports of the growing dilapidation of the Atlas Cove Jetty, the biggest petroleum products storage facility in the country.
To ensure unimpeded distribution and supply of petroleum products across the country, the Corporation said it will continue to maintain and improve the Atlas Cove terminal, which stores 60 percent of its products nationwide.
In a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr. Fidel Pepple, the NNPC said the revamp of the entire storage, pumping and associated pipelines were conceived and tendered for in 2007.
Pepple explained that contrary to reports, the Corporation has improved the depot’s Single Point Mooring, SPM facility to handle vessels of up to 80,000 DWT.
“I can confirm to you that the Premium Motor Spirit, PMS Tank 12 was reconstructed in 2004, to increase its capacity from 1800 cubic metres to 23,000 cubic metres, while Tanks 31 and 32 were rehabilitated in 2005/2006, and are all serviceable,” he revealed.
According to him, the reconstruction of PMS Tanks 11 and 21, which has been awarded and is ongoing, when completed, will add 50% to the existing PMS storage capacity and now stands at about 58,000 cubic metres.
He added that following the expiration of the life span of the old buoy, a new calm buoy was installed in 2010 to guarantee security of product supplies through the SPM.
“Contract has already been awarded for 10-inch Fire Hydrant Ring Mains to enhance safety at the terminal and the construction of a new 16-inch pipeline on a new route to complement the existing line. PPMC is also pursuing the restart of the optimization project aimed at the construction of three new tanks each of 50,000 cubic metre capacity for PMS, AGO and DPK to increase the depot’s storage capacity by 150,000 cubic metres,” Pepple further said.
Besides, he noted, the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, a subsidiary of the corporation has been conducting the repair of the depot in phases due to its high budgetary requirements.