The Federal Government has announced plans to re-open the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) that was closed down by Shell since March 2022 due to crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism.
The TNP is a major pipeline that transports about 180,000 barrels of crude oil daily and also transports one of Nigeria’s premium grade crude oil, the Bonny light to a designated export terminal.
The Group General Manager of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Bala Wunti who revealed this through his Twitter account @BalaWunti said as part of efforts to re-open the TNP, his team visited the people of Bodo Community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, a host community.
The meeting he said was monumentally significant as it provided his team the opportunity to re-connect with the good people of Bodo Community.
The NAPIMS boss explained that the TNP is a critical infrastructure in the crude oil export, hence “our presence today is part of NAPIMS efforts towards re-opening the nation’s major liquid hydrocarbon delivery atrium, which has been under force majeure (closed) for over six months.”
Wunti said the meeting was part of the company’s continuous journey to re-strengthen its trust with one of the communities where NAPIMS and its partners were conducting business.
The pipeline also serves as part of the country’s gas liquids evacuation infrastructure, which is vital for domestic power generation and the export of liquified gas.
It would be recalled that in recent times there was an outcry by the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), Mele Kyari, and other industry players about the rising levels of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism along major pipelines including the TNP
In March of this year when no recoveries could be made at all from all major pipelines, a force majeure was effected to shut down.