Gas flare rate in Nigeria’s petroleum industry worsened in August to stand at 12 percent, up 1.97 basis points from 10.03 percent in July, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Monthly Financial and Operations Report for August.
The monthly report specifically put the amount of gas flared at 919.73mmscfd in August 2017, just as it indicated that average gas flare rate year-on-year (the period August 2016 to August 2017) was 10.15 percent, which translates to 734.56mmscfd.
The NNPC also noted that Nigeria was among countries with highest gas flare rates, but a number of clean development mechanism (CDM) projects aimed at appropriate gas utilization have improved the country’s standing in this the regard.
The monthly report also showed that despite enormous challenges facing the downstream sub-sector of the petroleum industry, the NNPC has continued to maintain adequate products supply nationwide.
It attributed the success story to strategic interventions by the corporation in respect of automotive gas oil (AGO) supply, revamp and re-commissioning of critical pipelines and depots across the country, as well as robust engagement with critical downstream stakeholders, among which are major oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, (MOMAN), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association of Nigeria (PTDAN) as well as the Independent Petroleum Marketers (IPMAN).
The NNPC informed that products pipeline breaches stood at 70 points for the month of August 2017 out of which 62 pipelines were vandalized.
The strategic Port Harcourt-Aba pipeline was singled out as a major culprit, accounting for 46 vandalized points (or 74 percent of total recorded cases).
To tackle the challenge, the NNPC in collaboration with Federal Government has continued to engage members of various host communities to stem incidences of pipeline infractions.
The NNPC Report also listed security synergy with IOCs as part of the steps taken to stem oil and gas sabotage, which involved deployment of a structured and holistic security apparatus in operational areas.
The NNPC report further revealed that 950.67 million litres of white products were distributed and sold by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) in the month of August 2017. Although the figure was lower than the 1,121.92 million litres in the preceding month of July 2017, yet it was enough to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products.
A further breakdown down of the figure indicated that premium motor spirit, otherwise called petrol distributed during the period was 814.02 million litres, Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), or kerosene supply stood at 59.92 million litres, while 76.73 million litres of uutomotive gas oil or diesel was also distributed to the domestic market during the period under reference.
The report indicated that special products supplied for the month of August 2017 was 11.09 million litres, comprising 10.13 million litres of Low Pure Fuel Oil, LPFO and other special products of 0.96 million litres.