Arrangements are in top gear by the Federal Government to devise a mechanism whereby it can invite illegal refiners in the creek, equip them and legalise their businesses.
Already, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is presently working to train some of the illegal refiners, whom are hopefully going to be engaged legally, after the mandatory training scheme.
Besides, plans are on the way to incorporate independent ownership of oil and gas pipelines in other to aid smooth maintenance and operation of the pipelines transport system.
DPR has started drafting the modalities of operation in the independent pipeline regime.
Deputy Director, Engineering and Standards Division, DPR, Olumide Adeleke, disclosed this during the Pipeline Professionals’ Association of Nigeria (PLAN) conference in Lagos.
Adeleke, who berated poor maintenance of pipelines in the country, said the new regime would allow the independent operators to build, operate and maintain the facility.
This according to him would enable them take proper care of the pipes and guide against incessant vandalism that has largely impacted the national operations negatively.
The DPR chief noted that there are technologies to monitor the pipelines, but unfortunately vandalism has continued to take its toll on distribution of products in the country.
“There are several committees looking into vandalism and I know that there are digital monitoring systems in place to detect the ruptures, including the standard of laying pipelines so deep into the ground, yet pipelines are vandalised every day,” he said.
According to him, the DPR is now planning a special unit where it would be looking into special issues, including pipeline construction and maintenance.