Nigeria Records 240 Oil Theft Incidents In One Week — NNPCL

69 Illegal Refineries Destroyed

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has revealed that Nigeria recorded a total of 240 crude oil theft incidents in one week.

It said between the 15th and 21st of July 2023, the incidents were recorded at various parts of the Niger Delta.

The company disclosed via its Twitter handle where it gave a breakdown of its record on its war against crude oil theft.

In a breakdown, it said out of the total incidents, 69 illegal refineries were discovered and destroyed in Uppata and Abua communities in Rivers State.

Also, it said 27 cases of pipeline vandalism cases were also recorded and repaired while 30 wooden boats used to convey stolen crude were confiscated in the past week.

It added that: “13 automatic identification system infractions were flagged using NNPC’s maritime intelligence system and has been escalated to the navy through NNPCL’S incidence management and reporting application. While two illegal vessels were arrested and five cases of oil spills were recorded.

“13 of these incidences were recorded in the deep blue water. 41 of these incidences were recorded in the western region of the Niger- Delta. 169 recorded in the central region while 17 took place in the Eastern part of the Niger Delta oil-producing region.”

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