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Six New Illegal Refineries Discovered By Navy In Rivers

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The Nigerian Navy has announced the discovery of six new illegal refineries with combined capacity to produce four million litres of crude oil on a daily basis.

The refineries were discovered in Alakiri, Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers state.

Naija News understands that the refineries were discovered through intensive intelligence gathering and undercover operations by naval troops.

Capt. Victor Choji, Executive Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder Port Harcourt, made the dsiclosure while destroying one of the illegal refineries on Thursday in Alakiri, Asari-Toru.

“The refinery (in Alakiri) has capacity to produce one million litres of refined petroleum products daily, while the five other refineries have production-capacity of three million litres daily.”

“This operation is focused on hitting the very heart of their infrastructure, so that the operators do not have capacity to regroup and resume their illicit activities.

“We realised that whenever we set ablase the refineries without the use of Swam Buggy machine, days after our troops leave the scene, the oil thieves return and revive the refineries.

“So, the Navy came up with this strategy to ensure that the pipeline network and metallic storages at the illegal facility are completely crushed.

The executive officer said the swam buggy approach was adopted as it would significantly reduce the soot in the atmosphere while also improving aquatic life in the maritime environment.

“We started siphoning petroleum products first before destroying the illegal refineries as part of measures to eliminate soot in the atmosphere.

“After siphoning the product, it is then taken out of the area and handed over to authorities for testing and analysis,” he said.

Choji further disclosed that it would take troops about seven days to move the petroleum products and destroy the six illegal refineries.