After Several Controversies, NNPC Reveals Quantity of Oil Lost to Criminals Between January and April 2022

After Several Controversies, NNPC Reveals Quantity of Oil Lost to Criminals Between January and April 2022

  • The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said that the country has lost a huge sum of money since the beginning of the year 2022
  • NNPC said the money was lost due to the activities of vandals on oil pipelines and the operation of illegal refineries in Nigeria
  • Making the revelation, the GMD of NNPC, Mele Kyari called for a joint security operation to put an end to the criminal activities hampering optimum production of oil in the country

With all the controversies raised over the impact of theft and vandalism on the production of oil in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reacted.

Mele Kyari, the group managing director of the NNPC on Thursday, April 7, said that Nigeria has lost $1.5 billion worth of crude oil from January to date.

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Mele Kyari attributed the loss in oil production to theft and operation of illegal refineries in Nigeria. Photo: NNPC
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Daily Trust reports that Kyari made the disclosure when he appeared before lawmakers of the House of Representatives.

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Decrying the negative impact of vandalism and operators of illegal refineries on Nigeria's oil production, Kyari told the House committee on petroleum (upstream) that the sector was recording an all-time low in production.

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Number of oil barrels produced in Niegria

The NNPC GMD revealed that the production of oil in the country currently stands at 1.49 million barrels per day due to an increase in the activities of vandals and operators of illegal refineries.

His words:

“What is going on has nothing to do with the PIA. It is purely an act of thieves; acts of vandals which have rendered the industry unworkable and taken us to the level where today, our production is around 1.49 million barrels per day.
“When you lose about 200,000 barrels per day, even at an average price of 65 dollars per barrel, we lost close to 1 billion dollars between January and March."

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Nigeria counts losses due to criminalities

According to the NNPC GMD, Nigeria has lost an average of 250,000 barrels of oil per day since January.

Mele Kyari also added that with the current price of oil at about 100 dollars per barrel, the country has lost close to $1.5 billion.

He further urged the members of the House to order massive joint security operations to address the issue of oil theft and illegal refinery operations.

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Between 2020 and 2021, data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows NNPC has spent over 6 trillion importing refined crude oil.

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