April 1, 2023



Cooking fuel shortage looms as floods threaten oil, fuel amenities

The extreme flooding in Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa have positioned Nigeria’s oil and fuel amenities at extreme danger, forcing the Nigeria Liquefied and Pure Fuel (NLNG) agency to declare drive majeure, as Nigerians face a attainable shortage of the product.

In keeping with power consultants, if the flooding persists until November amid different trade points, it would price Nigerians N12,000 or extra to fill a 12.5kg fuel cylinder.

Power Advisor, Gboyega Amu, warned that the flooding, which was attributable to unusually heavy rains and the discharge of water from a Dam in Cameroon, may proceed into November.

As of October 2022, the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni communities within the Omoku native authorities space of Rivers state are flooded and have recorded the destruction of properties as nicely.

Firms like Shell Petroleum Improvement Firm, Nigerian Agip Oil Firm, and TotalEnergies, have amenities in Omoku, thereby putting these amenities in danger with the flooding within the city.

The onshore fuel area mission, Assa North Ohaji South, at the moment being developed by the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Firm (NNPCL), Shell, Nigerian Agip Oil Firm, and Whole Exploration and Manufacturing Nigeria, may be in danger as it’s positioned in the identical locality.

Investigations present that probably the most affected communities in Rivers state are Orashi and Omoku.

Omoku is understood for its wealthy oil and fuel deposits and the neighborhood additionally provides pure fuel to Nigeria Liquefied Pure Fuel (NLNG) Restricted, which is already working at 70 per cent capability.

Sources additionally point out service firms that often come to service gear on onshore oil and fuel manufacturing websites can not achieve entry into the state largely as a consequence of the truth that roads main from Delta state and Rivers state are at the moment lower off as a consequence of flooding.

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In keeping with NLNG spokesman Andu Odey in an announcement, the fuel firm was figuring out the extent of the disruption and would attempt to mitigate the impression of the drive majeure.

NLNG additional claimed that each one of its upstream fuel suppliers had introduced drive majeure, compelling it to do the identical.

“The discover by the fuel suppliers was a results of excessive flood water ranges of their operational areas, resulting in a shut-in of fuel manufacturing which has precipitated vital disruption of fuel provide to NLNG,” he famous.