Niger Delta Avengers NNPC loses over N26bn in June, blames militants

In June, the Warri and Port Harcourt refineries produced at 24.4 percent and 11.8 percent capacity, while Kaduna refinery did not produce anything.

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the month of June recorded a massive loss, as against the  N274 million surplus it recorded in May 2016.

According to The Cable, the Corporation lost N26.505 billion in June but paid N55.96 billion into the federation account, while its refining capacity fell to a new low.

As contained in the NNPC's June financial statement, it lost N4.69 billion to the unimpressive refineries.

In the month in question, Warri and Port Harcourt refineries produced at 24.4 percent and 11.8 percent capacity, while Kaduna refinery did not produce anything.

The report said: “A deficit of N26.51 billion as against trading surplus of N274million reported in May, 2016. This trading surplus does not represent net profit as there are other expenses that should ordinarily have been captured.

“The deficit in the month of June 2016 was majorly due to decrease in revenue generation as a result of decline in PPMC petroleum products sales by 13.30% or N14.9billion and increase in products distribution costs.

“Also June 2016 operations witnessed the major impact of incessant vandalism, during the month more than 261 vandalized points were recorded.

“In NPDC a substantial portion of crude oil sales for the month estimated to be in excess of the deficit could not be realized due to Force Majeure declared by SPDC as a result of vandalized 48-inch Forcados export line.”

The Corporation blamed its poor performance on the Niger Delta Avengers and other militants who have continued to destroy oil installations in the region and beyond.

“Poor performance is attributable to upsurge in attack and sabotage of oil facilities in the Niger Delta.

“At Forcados Terminal alone about 380,000bopd were shut in since February 2016 following Force majeure declared by SPDC. A number of crude oil Liftings were deferred until the repair is completed.

“Other major terminal affected by the renewed spate of vandalism includes Bonny, Usan and Que Ibo terminals. Total export crude Oil & Gas receipt for the period of July 2015 – June 2016 stood at $3.42Billion,” the report said.

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The Corporation, however, said its working hard to to run the refineries at a minimum of 70 percent capacity utilization within the next six to eight months, so as to boost the nation’s refining capacity from 445,000 barrels per day to 650,000.

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