The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) confirmed a total of 45,347 pipeline breaks have occurred on its downstream network between 2001 to mid-2019.

Malam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC disclosed this during the Nigeria International Pipeline Technology and Security Conference held in Abuja.

“Between 2001 to half-year 2019, NNPC has recorded a total of 45, 347 pipeline breaks on its downstream pipeline network.

“The cost of vandalism, which includes fatalities, loss of revenue, asset and environmental degradation, affects everyone.

“Lost revenue, possible loss of employment, collateral damage to national image, loss of investor confidence etc will obviously affect everyone in the long run,’’ Kyari said.

Kyari also revealed that the corporation recorded a total of 19 fire incidents on petroleum products pipelines in 2018.

While stating the challenges, Kyari explained that in the absence of these pipes, the only option left would be to use trucks to convey petroleum products.

This, he said, came with very high risks when considering the high rate of road traffic crashes.

“Based on Federal Road Safety Corps estimate, Nigeria has lost about N7.157 billion to road traffic accidents involving 116 petroleum product tankers during the first half of 2018,’’ he emphasised.

He called on pipeline professionals, communities, government institutions and industry players to come together to curb the spate of pipeline vandalism.

“We have sustained awareness campaign, removed illegal structures on pipeline rights of ways, and we are deploying appropriate technology to mitigate attacks on pipelines as well as to reduce our response time to incidents,’’ Kyari stated.

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