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Nigeria’s Pipeline Networks Totally Undermined, Says Kyari

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari has said that the nation’s pipeline networks are totally undermined. 

He accused this for exercises of vandals and absence of investment.

Kyari spoke at the bidding opening for the recovery of the downstream basic pipelines and related stations/terminal framework in Abuja. 

As per him, in view of an absence of investment over an extensive period of time, the assets have weakened. 

“Our pipeline network is totally undermined. For two things the first is age. We have not put resources into these assets for an exceptionally significant period of time and they have weakened over the years because age and natural integrity loss,” he said.

Kyari also stated that the incidence of vandalism was a contributing factor as activities of vandals have further affected the functionality of the pipelines.

He said: “There are several actions of vandals across our pipeline networks, forcing us to practically stop the maintenance because they could no longer deliver the product that we want because their integrity was compromised. They could no longer take the pressure required to deliver the huge volumes of crude oil on these pipelines.”