NNPC Confirms Seven Deaths As Explosion Rocks Facility


NNPC To Recover Missing Petrol Worth Over 130m Litres


Seven persons have died after an explosion at the ‘Oil Mining Lease 40’ operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division (NNPC),  Kennie Obateru confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, the incident happened on Tuesday evening at Gbetiokun in Delta State where the facility belonging to its subsidiary is located.

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“The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused 7 fatalities,” the statement explained.

Obateru said the NNPC has started an investigation into the cause of the incident and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has been informed about it.

“The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers: Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, which are consultants to NPDC,” he added.

He said all personnel on board the platform have been fully accounted.

According to him, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, also commiserated with the families of the bereaved and prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.

Reps To Investigate $1bn Illegal NLNG Withdrawal

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives chamber in Abuja .


The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on public account to investigate alleged illegal withdrawals from the dividends accounts of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).

The matter was raised as a matter of urgent national importance by the minority leader of the House, who alleged that the withdrawals were made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Details later.

NNPC Makes New Appointment, Redeploys Top Management Staff

NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has made new appointments and redeployments of its top management staff.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru.

According to the corporation, the move is “part of ongoing efforts to strengthen and reposition NNPC for greater efficiency, transparency and profitability in line with the Next Level Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.”

While the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD), Adokiye Tombomieye, who has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Upstream; the Managing Director of the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC), Mohammed Abdulkabir Ahmed, has been made the new Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Services, following the retirement of Farouk Garba Sa’id, last week.

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Other top-level staff also affected are the Managing Director of NNPC Downstream Company (Retail Limited), Billy Okoye who replaces Mr Tombomieye as the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division; with the General Manager, Sales and Marketing NNPC Retail Limited, Mrs Elizabeth Aliyuda taking over from Sir Okoye.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of the Chief Operating Officer, Ventures and New Business Directorate, Mr Roland Ewubare.

Buhari To Flag-Off AKK Pipeline Project In Kogi


President Muhammadu Buhari will today inaugurate the construction of the 614km-long Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Pipeline Project – the single largest gas pipeline project in Nigeria’s history.

The $2.8 billion natural gas project is a joint venture project between Oilserv Limited, an indigenous oil and gas pipelines and facilities company, and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

It forms the first phase of the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline (TNGP) project which is part of the 4,401km-long Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline (TSGP) to export natural gas to countries in Europe.

The AKK pipeline is slated to originate from Ajaokuta and pass through Abuja and Kaduna, before ending at a terminal gas station in Kano.

Its flag-off will mark the beginning of the implementation of the plan to create a steady and guaranteed gas supply network between the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria, by utilising the country’s widely available gas resources.

It is also expected to reduce the large volume of gas flared annually in Nigeria, as well as the subsequent environmental impact it causes.

The gas pipeline project is also expected to promote and increase the local usage of domestic gas while increasing the nation’s revenue generation through the export of natural gas.

It is to be executed in three phases, with phase one covering the construction of a 200km-long segment between Ajaokuta and Abuja Terminal Gas Station at a cost of $855 million.

On the other hand, phase two will comprise a 193km-long section to be built between Abuja and Kaduna at a cost of approximately $835 million, while the third phase will involve the construction of a 221km-long section between the Kaduna Terminal Gas Station (TGS) and Kano TGS at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion.

Other infrastructure planned for the development includes various associated valve stations, as well as intermediate and terminal facilities.

Ahead of the flag-off by President Buhari at the project site in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, Oilserv officials noted that the company was 100 percent ready to execute the contract which would also boost gas distribution by establishing a connecting pipeline network between the Eastern, Western, and Northern regions of the country.

They added that the company has pooled the expertise of highly qualified and experienced engineers, technicians, and other support personnel to provide Total Quality Services (TQS) that would ensure the timely and successful completion of the project.

According to them, Oilserv Limited was chosen for the project because of its performance on various key projects relating to platforms, production facilities, and installation of Bulklines, all of which involve engineering, project management, and construction services.

They added that the company was the first and only Nigerian indigenous company to fabricate, install, and commission the largest oil manifold station for Shell Petroleum Development Co. Ltd. (S.P.D.C.).

It has also successfully designed and constructed the largest Gas Transmission Pipeline System in Nigeria and Africa – the Obiafu/Obrikom to Oben Node Gas Transmission Pipeline System, which forms a part of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan.

Among other challenging projects, Oilserv is also a major company executing pipeline repairs and rehabilitation work for S.P.D.C and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) in the Niger Delta region of the country.

Buhari Reconstitutes NNPC Board

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Presidency said on Saturday. 


The reconstitution became necessary after the tenure of board members appointed in 2016 expired.

Members of the new Board include Mohammed Lawal (North West), Tajudeen Umar (North East), Adamu Mahmood Attah (North Central), Senator Magnus Abe (South-South), Dr Stephen Dike (South East), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West).

The new board will be in place for three years.

Earlier on Saturday, the demise of NNPC’s immediate past General Managing Director was announced.

Current NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari, announced Baru’s passing via Twitter.

“My brother, my friend and my mentor, Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, immediate past GMD of NNPC died late last night,” Kyari said. “He was of exemplary character and disposition. May Allah forgive him and have mercy upon him.”

Baru was aged 60.

According to a statement from NNPC, Baru “died after a brief illness in an Abuja hospital.”

House Of Reps Wants 300 Sacked WRPC Workers Reinstated

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives chamber in Abuja .


The House of Representatives has called for the reinstatement of over 300 casual staff of the Warri Refining And Petro-Chemical Company (WRPC).

The leadership made this known at plenary on Tuesday, as part of its resolutions after a member, Hon. Thomas Eveyitomi moved a motion that the sack of the over 300 workers be looked into.

Eveyitomi noted that the workers were laid off in spite of the Federal Government’s directives that no government agency or private establishment should sack or lay off any of its staff at a time when the world is battling a pandemic.

According to him, all the affected persons are indigenes of the host communities where the Refinery is located, which is made up of Itsekiri and Urhobo communities.

Speaking further, Hon Eveyitomi noted that sometime in 2019, Hon. Ben Bakpa had presented a petition to the House on behalf of the host communities seeking, amongst other things, a de-casualisation of the employment status of indigenous workers with the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company.

Also according to him, without respect for the House committee on public petitions, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation went ahead to recruit 1,050 graduate trainees against the resolution and recommendations of the committee.

“This recruitment did not reflect the principles of fairness as enshrined in Section 28(2) of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Act which provides inter alia that “the Board shall ensure that the operator or project promoter maintains a reasonable number of personnel from areas it has significant operation,” he said.

Hon. Eveyitomi added that the WRPC went ahead to lay off hundreds of its staff, despite the fact that the casualisation of the status of the workers and the non-concession to the host communities in the recent recruitment of graduate trainees is a matter that was still before the House committee on public petitions and going against the government’s directives.

He, therefore, noted that if the House does not step in immediately to arrest the situation, there may likely be a breakdown of law and order and interruption of the smooth operations of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company and its subsidiaries.

Consequently, the House reached a resolution to direct the NNPC and management of the WRPC to reinstate the over 300 persons affected by their actions pending the investigation by the House committee on public petitions.

Secondly, it said it would mandate its Committee on Petroleum Down Stream to carry out a forensic investigation into the recent recruitment of graduate trainees by the NNPC with a view to determining how many persons were recruited from the various host communities.

NNPC Commiserates With Victims Of Obalende Fire

A fuel tanker caught fire at Obalende on May 1, 2020.
A fuel tanker caught fire at Obalende on May 1, 2020.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday said it was commiserating with families of the victims of a fuel tanker fire incident at Obalende area of Lagos.

In a statement signed by NNPC spokesman, Kennie Obateru, the corporation said it wished all those that sustained injuries in the incident quick recovery.

Earlier on Friday, a fuel truck belonging to NNPC’s petroleum products retail affiliate, NNPC Retail Limited, was involved in a road accident while conveying petrol, the NNPC statement said.

The corporation explained that all the injured from the incident had been rushed to the hospital while further investigation is on to determine the accident’s cause.

The mishap, which occurred around 5 pm led to an inferno which consumed the petrol-laden truck in front of a hospital and gas station, NNPC said.

In its statement, the corporation “expressed appreciation to the good-spirited people of Lagos around the scene of the incident and fire service personnel who brought the fire under control.”

One Killed, Several Injured As Tanker Bursts Into Flames At Obalende


One person has been killed and several others injured after a  petrol tanker burst into flames in the Obalende area of Lagos State.

The tanker belonging to the NNPC was said to have tipped over before bursting into flames in front of the Oando filling station.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the development, said the 45,000-litre capacity tanker loaded with petrol caught fire after fallen on its side in from of the filling station.

He said after the LASEMA got the distress call about the fire, officials from the agency were dispatched to the scene where they along with men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service fought and brought the fire under control.

“Unfortunately, the inferno has resulted in a single fatality, 15 minor casualties, and one major casualty, who happens to be a Lagos State Firefighter. He has been subsequently transferred to the Lagos State General Hospital for treatment while the minor casualties received on the scene medical attention,” he said.

“We appeal for calm and urge members of the public to keep away and allow the responders to complete their work.”

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday also commiserated with families of the victims.

In a statement signed by NNPC spokesman, Kennie Obateru, the corporation said it wished all those that sustained injuries in the incident quick recovery.

The corporation explained that all the injured from the incident had been rushed to the hospital while further investigation is on to determine the accident’s cause.

In its statement, the corporation “expressed appreciation to the good-spirited people of Lagos around the scene of the incident and fire service personnel who brought the fire under control.”

Fire Guts NNPC Petrol Station In Ogba


There has been a fire outbreak at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) petrol station located along College road in the Ogba area of Lagos State.

The incident occurred on Monday when a tanker came to dispense fuel at the filling station.

Although the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained witnesses say the fire suddenly started before the tanker started discharging its products.

However, firefighters are said to be having difficulties in putting out the inferno.

Some nearby houses are also reported to have been affected by the fire alongside a car lot close by, destroying at least six cars.


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Nigeria’s January Crude Oil Export Sales Jump Despite Spike In Pipeline Vandalism


Latest report from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) shows that Nigeria recorded an increase in the export sale of crude oil and gas at $434.85 million in January 2020.

This is a phenomenal 94.30% increase when compared to the December 2019 figures, monthly Financial and Operations Report said on Wednesday.

A statement by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, while giving a breakdown from the report, said crude oil export sales for January contributed $336.65million, a 77.42% increase to the $136.36million sales in the previous month.

It added that export gas sales in January amounted to $98.20million, even as it noted that 2019 to January 2020 crude oil and gas transactions valued at $5.18billion was exported.

The statement said vandalism of NNPC pipelines across the Country recorded a phenomenal spike of 50% increase in January, saying during the period, 60 pipeline points were vandalised, compared to the 40 incidents recorded in December last year.

“Atlas Cove-Mosimi and Mosimi-Ibadan axis pipelines accounted for 50 per cent and 17 per cent of the breaks respectively, while all other routes accounted for the remaining 33 per cent”, according to the report.

It however explained that NNPC, in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders, were working in harmony to curtail this menace.

In the Gas Sector, out of the 253.09billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas supplied in January 2020, a total of 151.16BCF of gas was commercialized, consisting of 36.20BCF and 114.96BCF for the domestic and export market, respectively.

It stated that 59.89 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialized, while the balance of 40.11 per cent was re-injected, used as Upstream fuel gas or flared.

Gas flaring accounted for 7.90% when compared with average gas-flare rate of 8.46 per cent ifor the period January 2019 to January 2020.

“Out of the 1,167.80mmscfd of gas supplied to the domestic market in January 2020, about 639.70mmscfd of gas, representing 54.78 per cent, was supplied to gas-fired power plants, while the balance of 528.10mmscfd or 45.22 per cent was supplied to other industries.”

The report explained that for January 2019 to January 2020, an average of 1,203.93mmscfd of gas was supplied to the domestic market, comprising an average of 693.73mmscfd or (57.62 per cent) as gas supply to the power plants and 510.20mmscfd or (42.38 per cent) as gas supply to industries.

Allow Tanker Drivers Operate During Lockdown, NNPC Tells Security Agencies

A file photo of tankers.



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has appealed to law enforcement agencies across the country to allow free movement of petroleum products by tanker drivers during the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The group in a statement signed on Tuesday said the exemption granted by President Buhari to certain categories of essential workers covers the operations of petroleum products tanker drivers.

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“The Federal Government counts on the support of the law enforcement agencies across the country to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the country during the period of the restriction,” Kennie Obateru, NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division said in the statement.

He also advised motorists not to engage in panic buying noting that NNPC holds over 2.6billion litres of petrol enough to last through the period of the lockdown and beyond.

NNPC, 33 Other Oil Firms Donate ₦11.4bn To Curb Coronavirus Spread

A file photo of NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari.


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and 33 of its partners in the oil and gas sector have contributed $30 million, about ₦11.4 billion to curb the coronavirus pandemic and reduce its effects on the Nigerian economy and populace.

The NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, disclosed this in a tweet where he announced the intervention fund on behalf of the oil firm and its partners. Kyari explained that the initiative was in line with the Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the fast-spreading virus in the nation.

Kyari stated that the intervention was aimed at supporting the country’s healthcare delivery facilities and would cover three major areas. He outlined the areas as the provision of medical consumables; deployment of logistics/in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure.

He said, “The three thematic support initiatives amount to a total of $30m (N11bn) and will be delivered in phases, starting today.

“To address the increasing demand of medical services, we are immediately providing medical consumables covering testing kits, medical protective suits and ambulances to the highly impacted areas across the federation.”

According to the NNPC boss, 33 partners who made the contribution were from the upstream sector, from the Oil Producers Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and the Independent Petroleum Producers Group.

They include, Shell Group of Companies, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, ExxonMobil Group, Total Group, Chevron Group, Eni Group, Addax Petroleum, and Aiteo Eastern Exploration.  Also included are, Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited, Oando Oil Limited, Oriental Energy Resources Limited, Pillar Oil Limited, Platform Petroleum Limited, Shoreline Natural Resources, Suntrust Oil Company Nigeria Limited, Vertex Energy Limited, Waltersmith Petroleum Oil Limited and Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Limited, Amni International Petroleum Company, Dansaki Petroleum Development, Eroton Exploration, and Production Company, among many others.

The GMD, who stated that Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) donated N120 million for the provision of 36 ventilators and 1,500 coveralls, while MRS donated 2,000 test kits, 1,000 coveralls and N100 million for the acquisition of ambulances, added: “Matrix Energy provided N360 million for necessary medical equipment, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) provided 50 ventilators and OVH Energy 200 ambulances for use.