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Hope dims for petrol supply at NNPC depot, 22 years after

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Hope for the supply of petroleum products via pipelines to the Enugu depot of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) dimmed at the weekend.

Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said efforts of the Corporation to restore supply to the depot had been frustrated by recurring vandalism of pipelines linking Port Harcourt to the depot.

The depot had not functioned in the last 22 years, due to constant breakdown in pipelines linking it with others, and faulty machines.

Although the rehabilitation of the depot had long been completed, raising expectations that activities would resume soon, Baru announced regretfully that the Corporation had within the last six months recorded 685 places where pipelines were punctured. He said that as long as the trend continues, restoration of supply to the depot would not happen.

“We had a challenge during the last fuel crisis, which we have tried to address. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that all pipelines and depots in Nigeria are fully functional for ease of petroleum distribution.

But the pipeline from Port Harcourt to Enugu has been faced with challenges of vandalism. Monthly, we try to fix the pipelines. And on each occasion, after the work, we subject it to hydro test and every now and then, we record breaching of the pipeline. Government has spent huge resources trying to put the pipelines in order, but the rate of vandalism is worrisome,” he said.

Speaking at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair, Baru called for the assistance of stakeholders in the southeast zone to end the trend.


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