The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has disclosed that only 38 per cent of its over 5,120 kilometre pipeline is functioning.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari made this known at Energy & Corporate Africa-organised forum on, “Next Level: Critical Pipeline Infrastructure and Promoting Gas Utilisation Option Post Cover-19,”
While admitting that pipelines remained the safest way to move crude oil and products, he said the Corporation has struggled to efficiently operate the facilities over the past two decades.
He said persistent vandalism remained the biggest challenge of the infrastructure with recurring product losses.
Kyari, who was represented by the Managing Director, Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Limited, Ada Oyetunde, noted that dearth of investment, accelerated deterioration, and lack of investment in technology to secure the pipeline are critical barriers to the development of the downstream infrastructure.
“Currently about 38 per cent of the pipeline system is operational,” he stated, adding that with the mandate to overhaul the refineries to 90 per cent capacity, there was a need to improve the pipelines.
The NNPC boss argued that pipelines, depots and terminal infrastructure are being revamped across Nigeria with some of the projects on the verge of tendering, adding that build, operate and transfer (BOT) model is being used to resuscitate most of the assets in the face of dwindling revenue and economic challenges.