NNPC works towards deployment to monitor oil movement

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation-NNPC has said it is working towards the deployment of drones across the nation’s territorial waters to monitor the inwards and outwards movement of oil bearing vessels.

The fresh vista to the fight against the perennial problem of oil theft and pipeline vandalism was disclosed by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Ibe Kachikwu during a presentation at the special conference on Security in the Gulf of Guinea organised by the Gusau Institute.

Kachikwu stated that the Corporation was working on a range of far reaching options designed to end the ugly episodes of crude and petroleum products theft within the next eight months, explaining that though the Corporation was working assiduously with the law enforcement agencies to increase the presence of military personnel in the area, the ultimate security for the critical oil and gas assets lies squarely with the host communities.

Lamenting the impact of oil theft on the smooth operations of the nation’s refineries, the NNPC boss warned that if left unchecked, the menace could invariably make it impossible for the NNPC to operate the refineries.

He informed the gathering that in executing the campaign, adequate support would be sought from the international community especially from countries that had become host nations to the stolen cargoes.

 



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