Deep Blue Project to Monitor Pipelines for Vandalism and Oil Theft – NIMASA

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA) said the two special mission aircraft from the Deep Blue project will be used to monitor oil pipelines and effectively stop vandalism.

The agency, however, promised to deploy round-the-clock surveillance against pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the country.

Speaking at the just-concluded 16th International Maritime Seminar for Judges in Abuja, NIMASA Director General Dr. Bashir Jamoh noted that NIMASA was having discussions with the Nigerian Navy on the issue of crackdown on oil theft in Nigeria.

He added that with the two special mission planes of the agency’s Deep Blue project, the oil pipelines can be effectively monitored as he assured that before the end of July,

NIMASA will expand Deep Blue Project operations for 24 hour monitoring of pipelines to ensure there are no leaks or any form of oil theft.

In his words: “NIMASA is having discussions with a Nigerian Navy on the issue of cracking down on oil theft. About a month and a half ago, the Nigerian Navy destroyed a number of illegal refineries in the Niger Delta region and this is continuing in the south-south region.

“On the NIMASA side, we have two special mission aircraft and three special mission helicopters. Both special mission aircraft have the ability to visualize everything that is happening in the pipeline.

We are now expanding Deep Blue Project operations for 24/7 monitoring of pipelines to ensure there are no leaks on these pipelines. I think before the end of this month, this operation will start and we will do it jointly with the Nigerian Navy.

“As soon as we discover deficiencies, we will bring the attention of the Nigerian Navy for intervention,” Jamoh concluded.

Also speaking, the Director of Legal Department of the Nigerian Navy, Commodore JAS Malafa, represented by Commander OB Anyikwa, said that as part of the fight against oil theft, the Federal Government has introduced a refinery modular which can give a license to individuals, companies or States to be able to refine petroleum products.

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