NNPC resumes pumping of petroleum products after Ibadan pipeline explosion
The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Sunday said it had successfully clamped the ruptured point along the Mosimi-Ibadan line and resumed fuel supply operation to Ibadan and its environs.
The repairs came less than 24 hours after men suspected to be oil thieves ruptured the Mosimi-Ibadan fuel supply pipeline along the crucial System 2B Pipeline network, which erupted into an inferno weekend.
The Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ms. Tumini Green, in a statement said a team of engineers and technologists from the NNPC and its downstream subsidiary, the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, worked assiduously over the weekend to restore the line to normal operation.
The NNPC spokesperson said the Corporation responded quickly because of its determination to ensure that Nigerians do not experience any form of scarcity in petroleum products supply on account of the activities of some unpatriotic citizens.
'At exactly 20.06 hrs on Saturday, the Mosimi-Ibadan line was re-streamed after repair works at the ruptured point. While we remain committed to our resolve in ensuring unimpeded distribution of petroleum products across the country despite the mounting odds, we call on members of the public to support the NNPC and the security agencies in this fight against oil thieves and pipeline hackers,' the statement read in part.
The NNPC called on Ibadan residents and the adjoining communities to refrain from panic buying or hoarding of petroleum products in anticipation of scarcity.