The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has said it recorded 8.14 million barrels of production losses across crude oil terminals in July 2022.
The NNPC disclosed this in its monthly presentation to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting on Friday, September 23.
The FAAC report showed that the crude losses recorded at some of the country’s terminals hindered optimal oil exports, termed production shut-ins.
At the Forcados terminal, export operations were stopped on July 17 to August 5.
According to it, the stoppage of oil exports followed reports of a “sheen in the vicinity of SPM-2”.
Oil sheen is a shiny rainbow colour that appears on the water surfaces due to the spill of oil.
NNPC added that “at 16:00, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) requested all injectors”, adding that it led to the loss of 667,500 barrels of oil.
At Qua Iboe terminal, NNPC said a seven-day warning strike by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) resulted in a crude loss worth N1.47 million barrels of oil.
NNPC said the warning strike was due to the divestment of assets by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) without notification.
It added that the incident affected production at the terminal throughout the month under review.
According to NNPC, Bonny terminal recorded 3.5 million barrels of oil loss throughout the month.
“Crude oil production at Bonny terminal has dropped significantly to an average of about 3mbd since the 21st of march 2022 till date. The terminal operator has declared force majeure on all outstanding bonny programs,” the report reads.
Meanwhile, NNPC said the Bonga terminal recorded a production loss of 658,085 barrels of oil due to repair works.
It said, “flex work ongoing at Bonga requires that the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) be kept at the 16-metre draft to facilitate the repair work”.
At Yoho terminal, 329,000 barrels of oil production loss was recorded from July 1 to 31.
“Yoho encountered challenges with the commissioning of IGC-B (intergranular corrosion) and had to take a shutdown to curtail flaring until IGC-B is back up,” the report added
At Erha terminal, it said 937,663 barrels of oil loss occurred from July 1 to 15.
“Plant trips experienced at Erha towards the last week of June 2022,” it said.
Brass terminal, NNPC said, was shut down following low crude oil receipt as a result of “theft activities and illegal connections”.
Consequently, 315,000 barrels of oil loss was recorded, affecting export operations from July 1 to 30.
At Ukpokiti terminal, a fire outbreak on February 2 affected oil exports throughout the year, culminating in a production loss of 210,000 barrels of oil.