Nigeria’s oil and gas industry loses N 2 bn/py to corrosion and vandals

May 02, 2005 02:00 AM

Not less than N 2 bn is lost annually in the oil and gas industry, due to corrosion related problems and vandalisation of oil pipelines.
Chairman, Nigerian Corrosion Association, (NCA), Jos Chapter, Engineer Yakubu Muhammed, said this while addressing pressmen on preparations for this year's annual conference of the association.

Muhammed said vandalisation of oil pipelines have become rampant in recent years, because of lack of maintenance, whose resultant effect is corroded pipelines and leakage of petroleum products.
"Corrosion aids vandalisation, we lost N 2 bn annually, especially in the oil and gas sector. In fact, the problem in Nigerian refineries is corrosion, though government spends millions of naira annually on these refineries, yet they are not working efficiently. We have the problem of lack of maintenance and government needs to rise up to the occasion by stemming corrosion.”

Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC), of the conference, Dr Shehu Yero, said corrosion is not limited to the petroleum sector, saying other sectors of the economy are being affected by the scourge. He said membership of the association was drawn from different sectors of the economy, saying the main objective of the group is to create awareness on solving corrosion problems in Nigeria.
He said the association is poised to train and retrain corrosion experts, with a view to preventing, controlling and monitoring corrosion in Nigerian industries, with particular emphasis on manufacturing and processing industries.

Source: This Day
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