By Oyintari Ben
Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, a company owned by the Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo government, has uncovered another massive illicit crude oil pipeline linked to the main Trans Forcados export line in Delta State, which is directly connected to the high sea.
According to a source close to Tantita Security, the illicit pipeline was connected to the Trans Forcados 48-inch main export line in the Burutu local government area of the state when it was discovered.
The source said that the Forcados export terminal in Ogulagha town is less than a kilometer from the hotspot which was recently identified and is directly behind a military protection station.
He pointed out that the bunkers were transporting the crude out to sea via an abandoned AGIP facility for loading and further movement overseas, adding that the illegal pipeline was connected to another abandoned pipeline belonging to AGIP Petroleum Company Limited which was located nearby and was also abandoned.
According to reports, the Forcados Terminal receives crude oil from the Forcados Pipeline System, the second largest pipeline system in the oil-producing region, after the Bonny Pipeline System in the Eastern Delta. Niger. The Forcados terminal has a nominal capacity to export 400,000 barrels per day.
Additionally, some Nigerian independents and International Oil Companies (IOCs) active in the western Niger Delta pump oil to the Forcados oil terminal for export.
It should be recalled that recently, eight suspected members of a crude oil syndicate were ambushed and detained by Tompolo, while pumping crude oil into the improvised 87-meter-long ocean vessel.
The vessel MT Deino was handed over to the Joint Task Force, JTF, and was later set on fire.