The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it suffered 94 percent increase in the cases of wilful hacking and destruction of its pipeline infrastructure across the country in November 2019, fingering oil thieves as culprits.
Details of the report contained in the recently released NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) for November last year, showed that 68 pipeline points were vandalized, representing about 94percent increase from the 35 points that were breached in October 2019. The report stated that out of the vandalized points, 15 failed to be welded while only two pipeline points were ruptured.
A breakdown of the breach indicated that the Mosimi-Ibadan axis accounted for 31 percent of the breaks, Atlas Cove-Mosimi network witnessed 19 percent, while Ibadan-Ilorin and other routes accounted for 15 percent and 35 percent respectively.
The MFOR noted that NNPC, in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders, would continuously strive to reduce and eventually eliminate this menace through effective collaboration.
The report also showed that the daily average natural gas supply to gas-powered plants in November last year increased by 16.53 per cent to 645mmscfd, equivalent to power generation of 2,178MW.
Comparatively, the October 2019 gas supply to power averaged 553mmscfd to generate 2,050 MW, a release in Abuja by NNPC Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Samson Makoji, said.
Quoting from the 53rd edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR), the release stated that national gas production in November 2019 stood at 228.65billion Cubic Feet (BCF), translating to an average daily production of 7,621.68Million Standard Cubic Feet per day (mmscfd).
For the period November 2018 to November 2019, a total of 3,091.24BCF of gas was produced, representing an average daily production of 7,882.27mmscfd during the period, according to the report.
A period-to-date Production from Joint Ventures (JVs), Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) contributed about 69.50 percent, 21.06 percent and 9.44 percent respectively to the total national gas production.
Out of the total volume of gas supplied in November 2019, 137.02BCF of gas was commercialized, consisting of 35.29BCF and 101.73BCF for the domestic and export market respectively.
This translates to a total supply of 1,176.40mmscfd of gas to the domestic market and 3,391.04mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market for the month, implying that 59.91 percent of the average daily gas produced was commercialized, while the balance of 40.09 percent was re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared.
Gas flare rate was 8.29 percent for the month under review, i.e. 632.37mmscfd, compared with an average gas flare rate of 8.80 percent, i.e. 692.97mmscfd for the period November 2018 to November 2019.
The report said an export sale of crude oil and gas of $504.44million was recorded in November 2019; indicating an increase of 4.39 per cent compared to the previous month.
According to the November report, crude oil export sales contributed $383.89 million (76.10 percent) of the dollar transactions compared with $396.94 million contribution in the previous month; while the export gas sales amounted to $120.55million in the month.
It said the November 2018 to November 2019 crude oil and gas transactions indicated that crude oil and gas worth $5.46billion was exported.