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NNPCL Uncovers 83 Illegal Refineries, 15 Pipeline In Niger Delta



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In a significant stride against crude oil theft, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has reported the discovery of 83 illegal refineries and 15 illegal pipeline connections in the Niger Delta within the past week.

The revelation came through the company’s official X handle on Tuesday, marking a robust effort in the ongoing campaign to combat illicit activities in the region.

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The NNPCL underscored its commitment to the war against crude oil theft, emphasizing the seriousness of the situation in the decision to expose the illegal refineries. In a documentary shared on its X platform, the company disclosed that between January 6 and 12, a total of 211 incidents related to oil theft and vandalism were reported, reflecting the magnitude of the challenge.

The comprehensive crackdown also included the inspection of an illegal crude oil vessel loaded with thousands of metric tonnes of crude. The NNPCL reported the successful arrest of the vessel’s 23-member crew, signaling a decisive move to curb the menace of crude oil theft partly associated to the illegal refineries.

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The company’s official X handle posted the updates, highlighting the collaborative efforts between the NNPCL and its partners to halt the illicit activities that pose a threat to the nation’s oil infrastructure. The discoveries of illegal refineries and pipeline connections, coupled with the apprehension of those involved in illegal crude oil transportation, further showcase the determination of the NNPCL to safeguard Nigeria’s valuable oil resources. As the crackdown continues, the NNPC remains vigilant in its mission to maintain the integrity and sustainability of the country’s energy sector.
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