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‘Our Competitor Behind Smear Campaign,’ As Pipeline Surveillance Contractor Denies Aiding Oil Bunkering

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Martinsevid International Company Nigeria Limited, the pipeline surveillance contractor for Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11, has denied allegations of facilitating oil theft and bunkering in Rivers and Abia states.
The contractor providing surveillance services for the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Limited trunk line along the Imo River axis, which runs through Rivers and Abia states, stated that, contrary to claims made by some in the communities, the company discovered and dismantled 25 valves installed by vandals and oil thieves within four months of operations in the area.
This came as host communities for the OML 11 pipeline along the Imo River axis accused the surveillance contractor on Thursday of facilitating illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft in their areas.
The communities, which include Isietitioha, Umuorie town, Isimiri autonomous community, Owaza clan in Asa, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State, and Umuedeokwara community, Odagwe in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers, have lamented the proliferation of illegal oil bunkering in their communities, urging the Federal Government and Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited to immediately replace the contractor for gross incompetence.
Responding to the accusations in a press briefing in Port Harcourt over the weekend, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Martinsevid International Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Martins Noah, said the accusations were utter lies, sponsored by a competitor in collaboratibunkersil bunkers who were unhappy about their exceptional surveillance achievements, and that the smear campaigns had succeeded in prompting the termination of his company’s surveillance.
He stated, “It is not surprising to us that when we fight corruption, it usually fights back. I am not into oil bunkering and do not know how it is done. I am a patriotic Nigerian who upholds the country’s dignity. I will never commit economic sabotage. Franklin Nigeria Ltd. has launched a smear campaign against Martinsevid. The people who are fighting me and my company are dissatisfied that the revolution has become permanent.
“They were successful in getting the client to terminate the contract on February 29th, 2024, allowing them to continue their activities. They will be exposed shortly. Allow them to provide proof of their claims. There is no proof, just unscrupulous fights on social media.”
Noah expressed surprise at claims of environmental pollution in the Owaza clan in Asa, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State, as a result of its operations that began four months ago, emphasising that it halted pipeline vandalism and oil spillages in the area within a short period of surveillance.
“I am concerned about the claims of pollution in Owaza. I would like to repeat that Martinsevid.
Nig Ltd. began operations on November 1, 2023, and has since achieved tremendous success, including the elimination of vandalism of oil pipelines in Owaza and oil bunkering.
“What pollution are they discussing? There is no record of spillage in Owaza between November 2023 and February 2024. You can verify with Pipelines Infrastructure Nigeria Limited. “Records do not lie.”
Noah further denied being complicit in illegal oil bunkering, saying, “Let me address the allegations of illegal oil bunkering on the IMO 2/Owaza/KOMKOM/Ogale Trunk line. There is nothing like that. The allegations that my company and I are aiding and abetting illegal oil bunkering are completely false and without merit.
“As an individual, I have never been involved in illegal oil bunkering, even before receiving the surveillance contract. Before entering into a contract with us, the client, Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited, verified both my and our company’s profiles. We have never been indicted in any capacity. Before our contract, there were several reports of illegal oil bunkering on the pipeline.
“There was vandalism, and several valves were connected to pipelines, allowing vandals, oil thieves, and their cohorts to steal and syphon oil. Within four months of operating in OML 11, our company discovered over twenty-five (25) valves installed by vandals and oil thieves to facilitate their illegal bunkering activities. These were immediately reported to the maintenance team, who disassembled them.
“Our client’s database contains verifiable facts. The vandals understand that their time is up, and the oil bunkering is over. They are aware of their actions, and the law will eventually catch up with them. “Our client’s maintenance team repaired the line breaks.”

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NNPC, First E&P Achieve 20,000bpd Production At OML 85

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NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) and its joint venture partner in OML 85, First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited (First E&P), have begun producing oil from the asset known as Madu Field.

 

The field, located in shallow waters offshore Bayelsa State and operated by First E&P, is expected to produce an average of 20,000 barrels per day.

 

The achievement demonstrates the President Bola Tinubu administration’s commitment to optimising production from the country’s oil and gas assets by creating an enabling environment for existing and prospective investors.

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Speaking about the development, NNPC Ltd’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mele Kyari, described the start of oil production at the Madu Field as a significant milestone that will contribute to the larger goal of meeting the production required to drive revenue growth and boost the country’s economy.

 

Kyari praised stakeholders for their support and explained that the addition of 20,000 barrels per day by an indigenous oil player demonstrates stakeholders’ commitment to Nigeria’s economic development.

 

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The NNPC Ltd/First E&P JV made the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the development of the Madu Field and its sister field, Anyala, in 2018.

 

The Madu Field’s production will be processed at the JV’s Abigail-Joseph Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Unit, which can store up to 800,000 barrels of crude oil.

 

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Nigerian Government Plans to Restore Crude Production to 1.7 Million Barrels Per Day

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The Nigerian Government has stated that efforts are underway to restore Nigeria’s oil production, including condensate, to 1.7 million barrels per day.

Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), assured in response to recent concerns about a shortfall in Nigerian oil production in the first quarter of 2024.

According to a statement from Nneamaka Okafor, Special Assistant, Media and Communications, to the Minister, Sen. Lokpobiri, measures are being taken to address the situation and not only restore but also increase production.

The minister clarifies that the reported production shortfall was primarily caused by issues encountered on the Trans Niger Pipeline, as well as maintenance activities carried out by some Nigerian oil companies.

The Minister is also pleased to announce that the issues have been adequately addressed, and that production is expected to resume at previous levels in the coming days.

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He expects Nigeria’s oil production, including condensate, to be restored soon, having been around 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd) before these developments.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources is actively involved in policy development aimed at maximising the utilisation of all available wells in Nigeria.

This strategic approach will allow the country to increase production, generating vital revenue to maintain the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

Increased revenue will also allow the government to meet its commitments to provide essential infrastructure, as outlined in the 2024 budget.

The Minister also expresses renewed optimism as Nigeria navigates these challenges, urging everyone to remain committed to ensuring the long-term viability and growth of Nigeria’s oil sector, which is critical to the country’s economy.

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Petroleum Engineers Call For Collaborative Efforts To Address Nigeria’s Energy Sector Challenges

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Oil Minister, Lokpobiri

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigerian Council has called for collaborative efforts to address the challenges and opportunities facing Nigeria’s energy sector.

Salahuddin Tahir, Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigerian Council, gave an inspiring speech at the Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum (OLEF) opening ceremony in 2024.

He emphasised the importance of working together to address Nigeria’s energy sector challenges, as well as the role of the Oloibiri Lecture and Energy Forum (OLEF) Series as a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and progress in the industry.

“This year’s forum focuses on the theme of Stability in the Nigerian Energy Sector: Integrated Strategies for Infrastructure, Transportation, and Security, emphasising the importance of collaborative efforts to address challenges and capitalise on opportunities in Nigeria’s dynamic energy landscape,” said Salahuddin Tahir, Chairman of the SPE Nigerian Council.

“The stability of the energy sector is critical to sustaining economic growth, ensuring national security, and promoting environmental sustainability,” Tahir stated.

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Mr Tahir also used the occasion to express the SPE Nigerian Council’s support for the country’s bid to host the African Energy Bank’s headquarters, citing Nigeria’s potential and leadership in the energy sector.

In his keynote speech, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Limited, emphasised the critical importance of closing the energy access gap to create economic prosperity in the country. To address Nigeria’s energy access gap, Kyari stated that NNPC Ltd was developing the infrastructure required to deliver oil and gas and drive prosperity for Nigerians.

“We are committed to developing gas infrastructure across the country,” Kyari said, emphasising that the company’s commitment was more than just a statutory requirement under the Petroleum Industry Act, but also a pledge to ensure energy security beyond fuel supply.

“We are committed to investing in critical infrastructure to boost economic growth by supplying gas to the domestic market, with a target of at least 8 billion cubic metres,” Kyari said.

In his address, Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), represented by Engr. Busari Kamoru stated that the federal government has identified transport, infrastructure, and security as key priority areas in addressing the sector’s energy deficit, as these will bring about stability, growth, and the sustenance of a better energy sector.

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“Nigeria has the potential to transition to a more sustainable energy future by improving key infrastructure, transportation, and security, as well as embracing research and innovation in renewable energy and fostering collaboration among various stakeholders,” Lokpobiri stated.

In his State of the Industry address, Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), represented by Mrs. Oluremi Komolafe, stated that the shift to gas is not only an option but also a necessity for Nigeria’s economic resilience.

“Our enormous gas resources provide a unique opportunity to diversify our revenue streams and reduce reliance on oil, resulting in a more robust and sustainable economic foundation,” Ekpo stated.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council is a non-profit professional organisation that promotes the petroleum engineering profession and disseminates technical knowledge in the oil and gas industry. The Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum (SPE OLEF) commemorates the first commercial oil discovery in Nigeria by Shell D’Arcy in 1956 at Oloibiri, Bayelsa State.

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