NNPC Ltd launches apps to monitor crude theft


The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) on Friday launched “crude theft monitoring apps” to combat oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

The launch took place in Abuja on the sidelines of the signing of new Production Sharing Contract (PSC) agreements between NNPC and its partners in oil mining leases.

The portal with the address “stopcrudetheft.com” was also accessible via a mobile phone.

The portal offers application options for reporting incidents, with follow-up and quick responses and another for validating raw sales documents.

Nigeria suffers from oil theft, which makes it difficult for the country to meet its OPEC quota.

Speaking at the launch, Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director (GCEO), NNPC Ltd. said “the actions of pipeline vandals have become a difficult thing to deal with, but he has engaged partners to ensure he responds to the situation.”

According to the GCEO, government regulators, security agencies and host communities have been involved in establishing a robust framework to reduce the threat.

“There is still activity by oil thieves and vandals on our pipelines and assets, very visible in the form of illegal refineries that are continually being installed in certain locations and insertions into our pipeline network.

“Arrests have been made and ships have been seized by the Nigerian Navy. I commend the armed forces, in the last three months they have done a thorough job and destroyed some illegal refineries,” he said.

Kyari said international refineries where the stolen crude might be routed had an obligation to ensure they were buying Nigerian crude from credible sources that could be validated.

He said: “If they refused to do so, they would be held responsible as the culprits involved”.

He explained that the platforms were created for community members and other Nigerians to report cases of theft and get rewarded.

Kyari insisted that internationally, companies must report suspicious sales.

He added that “every product that leaves the country must have a unique registration number by the NNPC and validated by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC).

“Before that, we are also creating a platform where end users, especially refiners and traders, can validate the product.

“We cannot do this without international collaboration. It is impossible for a refinery to take a crude that it does not know the source, refineries are designed to process a certain specific grade of crude.

“It’s their job to make sure they validate that because we have a unique number for every crude that leaves this country,” he said.

The GCEO, while stating that it now has a full coordination process, said that it has a line of sites around all maritime movements in the country and has created a functional platform.

“We have visibility into everyone’s operations and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is tracking everyone connected to these transactions.

“Wherever there is a massive movement of money, EFCC will follow the person, we believe the combination of all of this will bring us back to normal,” he said. (NOPE)


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