Lagos - The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it recorded 3 571 pipeline breaks in 2013 due to the activities of vandals and oil theft in the country.
The Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr Joseph Dawha, made the disclosure at the National Association of Energy Correspondents’ 2014 Conference on Thursday in Lagos.
The theme of the conference is "Pipeline Vandalism and its Socio-Economic Effects on the Nation''.
He said that the activity of vandals was first recorded in 1999 with 497 pipeline breaks, adding that it increased to 3 571 in 2013.
Given the breakdown, he said, these breaks/ruptures were recorded in its pipeline networks in Gombe, Kaduna, Mosimi in Ogun State and Warri.
In terms of products losses, he said, a total of 712 776 metric tonnes (MTs) of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) were lost to act of vandalism between 2009 and 20012.
During the period under review, the nation also lost about 9 548, MTs of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), 37 054 MTs of Automotive Gas Oil (Ago) and 1 310 130 MTs to act of vandalism.
The GMD said, aside from products losses and colossal cost of repairing the damaged pipelines, pipeline vandalism is harmful to our environmental and results in loss of human lives.
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