NNPC Reopens Mosimi Depot for Products Loading

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Olumide Lawal

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said products supply and distribution have received a major boost following resumption of loading activities at its Mosimi Area depot in Ogun State, over the weekend.

The NNPC disclosed the development in a statement made available by its Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, on Monday in Abuja.

The Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru. said the development marked a major milestone in NNPC’s quest to ensure steady supply and distribution of white petroleum products across the entire nation.

Baru, who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Henry Ikem-Obih, also said NNPC would soon restore Kano, Jos, Suleja Pipelines soon.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era of hope and the return of commercial activities in this economic corridor, as products are being received in Atlas cove and pumped to Mosimi for onward pumping to Satellite depot and loading from these two (2) great depots in this Area.”

“This is a historic day for NNPC, the South West Region and indeed Nigeria as this great Area is once again back on stream, bringing more fortunes for all and sundry. The stress of moving our trucks to Lagos to convey petroleum product to this area is getting highly minimized,” Bau said.

He said this effort would continue as plans are underway to re-commission System 2D (Kaduna-Kano; Kaduna-Jos; Kaduna-Suleja) pipeline.

“Very soon, Kano, Jos and Suleja will experience the impact of our collective resolve to get these critical infrastructures back on stream,” he stated.

The group managing director said at some point, commercial activities that spun from the company operations in the area had to be moved to Lagos, adding that the vandalism caused huge loss not only to NNPC, but to the host communities and the general public.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the constant support in ensuring the revamping of critical oil and gas infrastructures, especially petroleum products storage and distribution facilities that would aid effective distribution of products across the country.

The GMD, who also commended  Ogun State Government for its commitment towards ensuring the security of NNPC’s pipeline network, especially around Arepo area, noted that the re-streaming of loading activities at the Mosimi Area was in line with NNPC’s drive to ensure development of oil and gas infrastructure as contained in Corporation’s 12 Business Focus Areas (12 BUFA) and by extension, realising President’s agenda of adding value across the entire oil and gas value chain.

He observed that the NNPC had recently rehabilitated and re-streamed some critical oil and gas infrastructure and petroleum product facilities such as the System 2E (Port Harcourt-Aba) pipeline after over a decade of poor functionality.

Speaking earlier, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, represented by consultant to the State Government, T. A. Fagbemi, lauded the corporation for resuming loading operations at the area, stressing that the development had positively affected the lives of the people in the area and the entire South West.

Also, the Vice- Chairman of the Western Zone of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Kunle Bamigboye, in his address, thanked NNPC for resuming operations at the area.

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