Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said, yesterday, that it had increased daily loading of petroleum products by trucking, following the damage of System 2B distribution pipeline at Arepo, in Ogun State, which resulted in the current scarcity of fuel in major parts of the South from Lagos to Ilorin and beyond.
Accordingly, the corporation said that daily supply of products to marketers have increased as follows:
Folawiyo tank farm from 150 to 250 trucks; MRS from 100 to 200 trucks;Capital Oil to 300 trucks;AITEO and NIPCO 100 and 70 trucks, respectively
The corporation, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Fidel Pepple, said the move was part of measures to end the current fuel scarcity being witnessed in Lagos and some parts of the country.
He added that the current scarcity was as a result of the “shut down of System 2B, a major pipeline that evacuates between 9 to 11 million litres of fuel from Lagos to Ibadan, Ilorin and the North due to vandalism by oil thieves some weeks ago.”
Consequently, he said, the corporation had to resorted to products distribution by trucking, while assuring Nigerians that “NNPC has stepped up fuel supply to marketers and distributors for effective and efficient supply of fuel.”
He added that fuel delivery and supply to Port Harcourt, Aba and Calabar depots were also being augmented, just as bridging to the North had been beefed up.
On the Arepo pipeline that was vandalised by oil thieves where three NNPC engineers were also killed, Pepple said the corporation was collaborating with security agencies to fix the pipeline in order to restore normal fuel supply to the affected areas.
He noted that the safety and security of oil pipelines were the collective responsibility of all citizens and appealed to the public to be vigilant and contribute to making oil installations safe and secure.