FG’s plan to transport crude by trucks, barges faulted

The Community Development Committee of Niger Delta Oil and gas producing area (CDC) has faulted plans by the federal government to transport crude oil from the production point to export terminal by trucks or Barges other than the well known pipeline method.

The suggestion to barge or truck the crude oil to export terminals was made by the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NURPC) which is the regulator in the Nigeria Upstream oil and gas industry.

But the board of trustees of the CDC through its chairman, Joseph Ambakaderimo said that the idea of barging and trucking of crude oil has been used sometimes in the past and jettisoned when it was discovered that oil was being diverted to unknown destinations by those who were contracted to convey the products.

Ambakaderimo said the idea as suggested by the agency is archaic and will give room for manipulation and more loss of crude oil.

“Nigerians have a penchant for abusing processes. The use of pipelines cannot be controverted. It is the most cost effective means of transportation of crude oil and refined products when considering the distance from field of production to export terminals. We are complaining of high cost of production of crude oil as the highest in the world which has become disincentive to attract new investments to the sector, by this suggestion from NUPRC, if implemented it will certainly be a death knell to the sector. We must streamline our measures to align with the President’s executive order recently signed.

“The recognition of the President to the many issues impeding new investments in the sector is commendable and should be supported by all well meaning Nigerians. If we are giving up on the pipelines then all the agencies of government have failed. The pipelines are the safest for transportation of crude oil and others as of today and in many years to come. What needs to be done is constant enlightenment of the communities of the implications of oil theft on the economy of the nation and the environment,” he said