Oil theft: Shell Nigeria deploys HD aerial cameras

Femi Asu

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited has said it has deployed state-of-the-art high definition cameras for quick detection of and response to crude oil spills from its facilities.

The oil major said that the cameras would also help in tracking vandalism of the SPDC joint venture assets.

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Source: punchng.com

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Navy uncovers illegal diesel depot in Akwa Ibom

The Nigerian Navy in Ikot Abasi has uncovered an illegal Automated Gas Oil (popularly known as diesel) depot in Eket Local Council of Akwa Ibom.

Leader of the team, Lieutenant Commander Umaru Sidi, made the revelation while handing over the recovered items to the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) yesterday in Eket.

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Source: guardian.ng

Oil theft: Navy deploys helicopter, other arsenals to curb crime

Ben Dunno

The Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has intensified its ongoing war against illegal bunkering activities along the coastal region with the deployment of additional surveillance aircraft, gadgets and weapons to curb the menace.

The latest addition to the naval fleets in the region includes a helicopter, four ships, and two riverine patrol gunboats to boost the operational efficiency of men and officers both in aerial and land surveillance along the waterways.

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Source: sunnewsonline.com

Oil theft: Navy inducts 250 inshore patrol boats

Olaleye Aluko

The Nigerian Navy  has said it has inducted more than 250 Inshore Patrol Boats as well as acquired more Seaward Defence Boats to check oil theft and other maritime crimes in parts of the country.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, revealed  this on Tuesday. He said  some piracy attacks occasionally occurred on the  Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea which called for more proactive actions by the military and other stakeholders.

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Source: punchng.com

Investors put off by Nigeria’s piracy problem

Maritime chief pledges to lead the fight against piracy to counter the negative impact of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea which are deterring would-be investors in Nigeria’s shipping sector

Linton Nightingale

THE heightened risk piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea is putting progress in Nigeria’s shipping sector on hold, with would-be investors deterred due to the heightened security issue.

Dr Dakuka Peterside, director general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, which is responsible for overseeing security under its scope of activities in the country’s coastal waters, said the “negative impact” of hijackings and kidnappings are stunting shipping’s development.

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Source: lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com

Shell ‘losing $560,000 a day to Nigeria oil thieves’

Shell’s subsidiary in Nigeria says the oil giant is losing 10,000 barrels of oil a day to thieves in the West African nation – at a cost of $560,000 (£452,000) a day.

The losses by vandals attacking oil pipelines in the southern Niger Delta are equivalent to $204.4m over a year.

The announcement was made by Igo Weli, general manager of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), which is a joint venture between Shell and the Nigerian government.

“These attacks were on critical assets that produce the crude oil, which accounts for over 90% of Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings and the bulk of government revenue,” Mr Weli is quoted as telling a workshop on pipeline vandalism in the oil city of Port Harcourt on Monday.

Since 2012 he said the company had discovered and removed 1,160 points where thieves were stealing the oil.

But this did not seem to be stemming the problem as 9,000 barrels a day were being stolen in 2017, 11,000 last year and 10,000 this year.

Mr Weli was also critical of a lack of development in the Niger Delta, where most people remain poor despite the vast wetlands rich oil resources.

“There is a community in the Niger Delta that has received over 2bn naira ($5.5m, £4.5m) from SPDC joint venture for its development, but is yet to develop,” the Premium Times quotes him as saying.

“The region receives 13% derivation, revenue from NDDC [the Niger Delta Development Commission government agency] and funds from companies, but still has not developed,” he said.

“The Niger Delta has refused to develop despite the huge monies allocated to the area. So, we need to ask ourselves the critical questions to change the Niger Delta narratives.”

Source: bbc.com

EFCC laments incessant oil theft, pipeline vandalism

By Davies Iheamanchor

PORT HARCOURT: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has lamented the continuous activities of pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region.

The commission also disclosed that the commission has secured 14 convictions in its fight against corruption within few months, adding that the breakthrough was based on the level of investigation and professionalism been put at work by officials of the commission.

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Source: vanguardngr.com