April 17 (THEWILL) – The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Sunday confirmed an oil leak from a 12-inch Benisede-Brass Creek delivery line at Peretuorugbene in Bayelsa.
The incident at the pipeline operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) was investigated by NOSDRA.
The Spill Response Agency, which concluded its investigation on Saturday, lamented the negative impact of oil theft and pipeline vandalism on the country’s environment and economy.
NOSDRA notes that frequent vandalism of gas pipelines was responsible for the massive drop in electricity production and the collapse of the national grid.
Mr. Idris Musa, Managing Director of NOSDRA said this while reacting to a reported leak incident on the 12 inch Benisede-Brass Creek delivery line at Peretuorugbene in Bayelsa.
Musa said a joint investigation by NOSDRA, the operator and community representatives into the incident indicated it was caused by oil thieves.
He said the investigative team discovered that suspected vandals had set up several “sample points” on the Benisede-Brass Creek pipeline, from where they siphoned crude.
He rebuked the unpatriotic act, which amounts to economic sabotage and called on stakeholders to rise up against the threat, which he said had reached an alarming rate.
“Despite several calls on our people to place the nation’s environment and economy on a higher level of consideration and consciousness, some unpatriotic elements continue to inflict untold hardship on our environment and society. economy.
“They are doing this by installing multiple offtake points on the crude oil pipelines, particularly the current incidents on the 12” Benisede-Brass Creek delivery line at Peretuorugbene in Bayelsa.
“The current collapse of the national grid is also fueled by the relentless vandalism of gas pipelines, which embarrasses the nation and sabotages the government’s efforts to provide quality services to the nation.
“The Agency further calls on our people to join hands with the government in seeking to root out criminal elements who are bent on enriching themselves through repairing pipelines and stealing oil,” Musa said.