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Tuesday, 21 July 2015
FG bars 113 vessels from lifting oil in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly prevented 113 vessels from lifting Nigerian crude oil. According to Sahara Reporters, this step is being taken as part of efforts to sanitize Nigeria’s oil industry which is said to be plagued by corruption, massive fraud, and crude theft. According to the report:
A source at the Presidency told SaharaReporters that the blacklisted vessels were implicated in a pattern of fraud that resulted in the shortchanging of Nigerians.“Many of the vessels had documents in Chinese, Russian or French names, and used these different languages to hide their illicit lifting of Nigerian crude,” said the source. He added that numerous officials of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the NNPC as well as the Ministry of Petroleum were involved in facilitating the illegal lifting of Nigerian crude.
Komolafe’s memo also announced that the blacklisted vessels would be prohibited from operating within Nigeria’s territorial waters.
Sahara reporters learnt that the vessels were mostly linked with oil bunkering and sophisticated theft of crude from numerous NNPC loading facilities.
Here is a list of the 27 terminals from which vessels are barred from lifting Nigerian crude:
Bonny River Terminal
Escravos LPG FSO
Escravos Gas Terminal
Here is a copy of the letter in which the directive was issued: