We recorded 1, 858 pipeline vandalism cases in one year – NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Sunday said it recorded a total of 1,858 cases of pipeline vandalism between July 2017 and July 2018.
It also stated that a total of 230.35 billion cubic feet of natural gas was produced in the country in July 2018, averaging a daily production of 7,678.17 million standard cubic feet.
This sum, according to the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations report for July 2018, represents 8.81 per cent increase in natural gas when compared to what was produced in the month of June 2018.
The report disclosed that in July, pipeline break stood at 204, of which 16 pipeline points either failed to be welded or ruptured/clamped.
It also indicated that 188 pipeline points were vandalised as against 165 that was recorded in the preceding month, with Ibadan-Mosimi accounting for 124 points or 66 per cent of the vandalised pipeline, while Aba-Enugu, PHC-Aba and other locations accounted for the rest.
“A total of 1,858 vandalised points were recorded between July 2017 and July 2018,” the corporation said.
On gas production, the report stated that for the period, July 2017 to July 2018, a total of 3,084.09BCF of gas was produced, representing an average daily production of 7,834.62mmscfd, while the daily average natural gas supply to gas power plants stood at 744.86mmscfd, equivalent to power generation of 2,898MW.
The corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu, explained that the period to date production from Joint Ventures, Production Sharing Contracts and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, contributed about 69.38 per cent, 21.69 per cent and 8.93 per cent respectively to the total national gas production.
A further breakdown of the numbers showed that out of the total volume of gas supplied in July 2018, 127.19BCF of gas was commercialised, comprising 35.55BCF and 91.65BCF for the domestic and export market respectively.
This translates to a total supply of 1,184.81mmscfd of gas to the domestic market and 3,055mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market for the month, implying that 55.98 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialised, while the balance of 44.02 per cent was re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared.
The NNPC’s July report said gas flare rate was 9.33 per cent, 706.96mmscfd, compared with the average gas flare rate of 10.44 per cent, 816.73mmscfd, for the period of July 2017 to July 2018.
In the downstream sector, the report revealed that 2.18 billion litres of white products were distributed and sold by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company in July 2018 compared with 1.46 billion litres in June 2018.
In the upstream sector, the July 2018 report disclosed that the average crude oil price stood at $72.57 per barrel in July 2018 as against $72.67 per barrel in June 2018.