EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s revenue woes worsen as major trouble hit Forcados, oil lifting suspended

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Nigeria’s crude oil export operation has suffered a serious setback following a major crack-up of a giant underwater pipeline at the Forcados export terminal.

Following the incident, crude oil lifting h‎as now been suspended at that platform, officials said.

The pipeline, described as a big artery in the nation’s oil production was said to have suffered a huge rupture under circumstances that are at the moment still hazy.

Nigeria is already bleeding from the impact of low oil prices, with revenue dipping month after month.

”With export now cut as a result of the incident, oil revenue will descend even lower until the pipeline is fixed,” an insider at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation told PREMIUM TIMES.

Industry experts say repairing the pipeline might cost the country as much as 100 million dollars.

Sabotage by Niger Delta militants is completely ruled out but the same cannot be said at the moment of rogue elements within the system who are known to have in the past orchestrated similar damages in the hope of benefitting from the repairs and clean-up contracts that must follow.

Forcados terminal in Delta State is one of Nigeria’s biggest terminals with capacity to export about 400,000 barrels of oil a day.

Illegal interference with pipelines, with attendant leaks, has always dwindled crude oil receipts into Forcados, a terminal operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

Oil majors most hit by disasters at this terminal include Shell and Septlat.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the latest incident at Forcados occurred about 10.55pm last Saturday but it wasn’t until Sunday that Shell discovered a spill.

Forcados is made up of two parts: namely the Tank Farm which receives crude oil produced from oil wells in Delta, Ondo, Edo and parts of Bayelsa States, and the Crude Oil Loading Platform where ships must come to lift crude.

The affected pipeline links the tank farm and the platform. Insiders say it is a very mighty pipe on the waterbed going to the sea. The ruptured section of this key pipeline is located at Tokebeleu, near Ojulagha, an Ijaw village in Delta State.

In a written response to PREMIUM TIMES enquiry, Precious Okolobo, Media Relations Manager of Shell, said his company was already investigating the source of a crude oil spill observed on water around Forcados Terminal on Sunday February 14.

He said the initial investigation would enable the company to quickly determine what suitable response was further needed.

According to Mr. Okolobo, Shell’s joint venture and third party production into the terminal has been suspended as a precautionary measure while the company’s Emergency Response and Oil Response teams have been activated to manage the incident.

In what appears as a large-scale disaster management, Shell said booms and other oil containment resources were being deployed to the area to try to stop the spread of spilled oil.

“The support of industry group, Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA), has been enlisted for a comprehensive response to the spill,” Mr Okolobo said.

”The relevant authorities including security agencies have been informed of the incident, preparatory to a joint investigation visit which will determine the cause and volume of oil spilled.”

The spokesperson for the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, declined to comment for this story.


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  • Alhajivinco

    Correction please! Forcados Terminal is owned and operated by Chevron, the same way Bonny Terminal is owned by and operated by Shell, which are both joint venture partners in one form or the other with NNPC. NPDC is not the operator of Forcados.

    • Kay

      Escravos is owned by Chevron not Forcados.

      • AmenWolf

        Forcados is owned by shell and chevron owns escravos.

  • aisha ani

    I bet it is those Biafra guys, hahaha!

    • Julius

      lolz. They need funds for their fake protests !

  • blow fissh

    “Sabotage by Niger Delta militants is completely ruled out but the same cannot be said at the moment of rogue elements within the system who are known to have in the past orchestrated similar damages in the hope of benefiting from the repairs and clean-up contracts that must follow.”

    A country where human ritualists are celebrated insider rouge elements is expected. The love of money will lead to our separation.

  • B. Januzaj

    Yet the #BudgetOfCorruption is predicated on an output of 2.2m bpd…and an exchange rate of about #198 to the dollar.
    SO WHY THE HELL ARE PT AND THE E-ZOMBIES SILENT ON BABA’S EXPLOITS OF ‘STRENGTHENING’ THE NAIRA TO N385 – $1 AS OF YESTERDAY???
    SHAME ABI?? HAHAHAHAH!!
    YET INSTEAD OF THE FEC TO TACKLE THIS EMBARRASSMENT HEADLONG, ALL LAI AND THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTER COULD TELL A BEWILDERED PRESS(WHO EXPECTED CONCRETE INFORMATION ON THE ECONOMY) WAS WHY THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO KEEP JUNKETING AROUND THE GLOBE TO ERASE OUR ‘PARIAH’ STATUS!
    Lol! MADNESS!

    • john ahmed

      copy and paste #BudgetofCorruption

  • Alhajivinco

    I stand corrected. Escravos is owned by Chevron while Forcados is a Shell terminal.

    • chukwu michael

      Are the owners of the Stations the point here? Do we have contentions over the ownership of the Terminals or are you just creating un-necessary sensation that will start troubles?

    • george

      Its very good news so that the Mallams can now replace oil revenue with their cow urine abi or Osanbijo can replace the oil revenue with his Yorubas blood.

      How much is dollar now and when is their Buhari going to make it equal with Naira oh no its GEJ fault again and again shameless people

      • Julius

        Is it good news when the poor folks in the creek are suffering ?

  • blogNaija

    obviously we don’t give a damn about the pollution of our environment; Niger Delta people, Oil Companies, State, FG! all we want is a cut!
    all we talk about is MONEY MAMMON MONEY that is lost (NOT the ENVIRONMENT).
    what is the level of pollution this ‘mysterious’ huge rupture caused?
    STOP THE POLLUTION OF THE NIGER DELTA!!!

  • IZON Redeemer

    Perhaps, by constantly repeating this delusional lie, the Northern political and intellectual elite think it will stick in Nigeria’s collective consciousness as the truth. The truth is that the Northern elite is addicted to the proceeds of Niger Delta oil and gas. That is why the Fulani North and their Emirs and Sultans own over 99.9 percent of the oil blocks in the South south. The Fulanis and their Yoruba traitors have completely abandoned any pretence at productivity and internally generated revenue. The North is now completely dependent on the monthly federal allocation, which is the same thing as Niger Delta oil proceeds. The blatant falsehood which hs been going on for over 60 years, about Northern funding of the initial stages of the industry in the Niger Delta, arises out of the psychological need to justify this total dependence on Niger Delta oil proceeds

    for survival and for virtually every need of daily existence in the Fulani North and the South West of Tinubu emirate. The Northern

    reasoning goes like this: Oil exploration in the Niger Delta was financed by

    Northern groundnut proceeds which the Fulanis could not even use in settling the wages of their civil servants in the Fulani North. And therefore the North is equally entitled to Niger Delta oil proceeds because they financed the exploaration of oil in the Niger Deltans themselves. But what is the

    truth? The first oil prospecting in Nigeria was by a German company known as the Nigerian Bitumen Company. It commenced

    operations in 1908 and wound up its activities in Nigeria at the commencement of the First World War in 1914.

    The second attempt at oil prospecting in Nigeria was in 1937 by a company known as Shell D’Arcy. So what does Buhari mean by claiming that oil belongs to his people in the Fulani north and not the South south? Sadly while Niger Deltans sleep and wake up under cursed oil spills that take place almost daily in the SS, Buhari only concern is to harass and raid Ijaw villages in the Niger Delta-Send Tompolo to his gulag-Hang him the same way Ken Saro Wiwwa was hanged by Buhari and Abacha————–Ijaws have never been allowed to enjoy their God given wealth in the Niger Delta—-by the Fulanis–Yorubas and their Ibo surrogates——————They now have no land to farm—no water to drink—or fish—–because of the lust for oil revenue by these satanic ethnic groups–freedom is our goal—–not the rule of the fulanis ati Yorubas—enough is enough

    • obamajack2

      I wonder what will happen to other ethnic groups who constitute about 90% of Niger Delta area, when you have your freedom especially the Igbos who is over 70% of Niger Delta; the Itsekires; Anangs. Efiks; Ibibios etc . They should be expelled for you and your brothers of Ijaw extraction to have oil money in full.

      • Fairgame

        Your poor attempt to sow division is laughable. The niger delta is the Niger delta and the oil belongs to the Niger delta. So Abeg leave other ethnic groups out of your poorly articulated comment because the ethnic groups in the niger delta want Yorubas and Hausas to hands off their oil. Let every group look inwards for its resources and contribute to the national purse. Why should one region be feeding the nation while others hang on like political leeches. May oil fall to $10 a barrel so that this Hausa Fulani Yoruba alliance that has been used to steal resources from the Niger delta will finally implode. Only when it comes to sharing oil resources is there one Nigeria among the Hausa/Fulani/yorubas. I wonder why the fear to restructure Nigeria among the Hausa Fulani Yorubas?if not to keep using political power to take other people’s resources. Only restructuring can save Nigeria. The igbos despite not having much oil want the restructuring of Nigeria.

      • Fairgame

        Your poor attempt to sow division is laughable. Please eh leave niger delta ethnic groups out of your poor argument. Address the issue he raised. Why should Hausa Fulani and Yorubas be allowed to keep taking niger delta oil resources? Only restructuring will save Nigeria. Buhari has sent soldiers to the niger delta in preparation for the massive stealing coming up in April called oil licensing rounds. Why is it only when it comes to sharing oil resources that there is one Nigeria? God will not allow injustice to continue. Igbos despite not having that much oil want Nugeria to be restructured so why are segments of Yoruba political elite and the Hausa fulanis opposed to restructuring? Simple they want to keep stealing the oil resources of the Niger delta.

        • Mo Mody

          Igbos not having much oil? You must be joking. The first oil discovery and prospecting in Nigeria by the German Nigerian Bitumen Company was near Owerri, the same reason Owerri was the initial Headquarters of Shell in Nigeria. Most of Nigeria’s current strategic oil reserve of 37 Billion barrels is located in Igbo land. There is no village in Igbo land today that is not part of an oil block with proven oil reserve as documented in the Nigerian oil atlas which is online. With oil at about US$ 30 pro barrel attention is returning to the onshore oil reserve of Igbo land which is not cost intensive to extract. Do some research before you spread falsehood and create the Impression that Igbos are interested in Niger-Delta oil. Igbo land has never depended on raw material natural resources but on human resources development.

        • Rommel

          IGBO land has the largest proven gas reserves in Africa

          • FormerNigerian

            So you see at least one good thing about Igbo? I thought we were the worst in your opinion.

          • Rommel

            I come from among the finest stock that IGBO land has to offer so how can I think that we are the worst?

      • Domingos

        What is your business which ethnic groups he co-opts or excludes? When your Yoruba allow the alien Hausa and Fulani to drive your Oba from the throne and install an Emir in Yoruba land of Ilorin in Kwara who told you it was wrong? Who asked you to drive the Fulani away? The rest of Nigeria allowed you to be subservient and enslaved. We did not ask you to leave Fulani out of Yoruba land. Did we? Why then do you fret about whatever alliances other nurture? Why fret over who is expelled? Mumu Oloye!

  • IZON Redeemer

    President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disgust at Niger Deltans who lay claim to the oil found in their communities. According to PUNCH, the President said those of them, who participated in the nation’s 30-month civil war that left millions of Nigerians dead, found the belief of Niger Deltans, who lived in oil-rich areas that the natural resources belonged to them, very fraudulent. Addressing Nigerians in Addis Ababa at a town hall meeting President Buhari said, “The theft of oil by Niger deltans and Ijaws who reside around the oil bearing communities, and who feel that the oil belongs to them and not the country, is an irritating thing for those of us, who participated in the civil war for 30 months in which at least two million Nigerians were killed.President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disgust at Ijaws who lay claim to the oil found in their communities.unquote–Buhari is not aware for the Ijaw leaders like Isaack Boro murdered by the Fulanis and Yorubas—-ati Kensaro-Wiwa who was hanged by him and Abacha, that the civil war will never have ended the way it did–if not for the Ijaw Nation–Today the same Ijaws who foolishly laid down their lives based on the One Nigeria Slogan of Gowon, do not have one single oil well in the entire SS————Those who own and control their oil wells are the Fulanis and Yorubas-ati their Ibo surrogates————————Freedom is our goal—One can der4-Imagine for a second the rubbish coming out of the mouth of the man we call Nigerian President—–Maybe President of Niger Republic—-animals

    • Arogbo

      I believe given the chance that President Buhari should be able to correct the injustices of the past. I read your comments passionately anytime you post your comments in this platform, but listen we don’t have to escalate let’s dialogue with this new administration and see if we can capitalize on the gain of the past. There are lot of Niger Deltans studying all over the world through the amnesty programme initiated by the late Umaru Yaradua of blessed memory, we don’t have to result to any act of gagsterism to prove a point because it would do no one any good.

  • SECESSIONIST

    “Sabotage by Niger Delta militants is completely ruled out but the same cannot be said at the moment of rogue elements within the system who are known to have in the past orchestrated similar damages in the hope of benefitting from the repairs and clean-up contracts that must follow…”

    May I ask, how is the above speculative action of “insiders” different from a man or a people who assemble terrorists with Islamist extremist ideas to kill, maim, destroy, bomb and bomb in other to sabotage the government of the day so that they can come to power and benefit from the privileges of positions as evident in the inflated Budget presented by Waecless Buhari?

    Lets call a spade a spade. Why is Buhari not interested in going after or investigating the sponsors of Boko Haram and those who openly made statements that they will make governance impossible for President Jonathan? How are the actions and inactions of Buhari who kept mute all through the Yar Adua’s saga different from your mystical “insiders” in the oil industry?

    It is only when revenue from the oil in my Niger Delta is threatened that Premium Times remembers to publish any story about it. The poverty, deprivation and ecological terrorism meted out to my Niger Delta people are never given the minutest of spaces on this website or any other APC led media houses owned and run by the Yorubas and their Hausa Fulani accomplices who have ex-presidents and Generals living large on ill-gotten wealth from Niger Delta’s oil resources. Call me a ethnic bigot and I will agree with you but I am 100m times better than A. Bello…….As long as the oil keep flowing, no one cares. But this must and will change… in whatever way that the change comes, it must come. We will make it comes.

    Oronto D. Oronto and Dr Ike were right after all. This is indeed the Niger Delta where the Vultures feast. Hypocrites!!!

    • Dy

      Well said. Nigeria has never been fair to the Niger Delta.

    • Rommel

      We know those who sponsored Boko Haram and they Include the present chairman of PDP and Ibrahim Dasuki

      • emmanuel

        Boko Haram na your business, they may kill everybody in the North, but the SS & SE defeat was in the past. I suspect that the real Nigeria is on the way to being determined, given the picture this pipeline rupture is already painting.
        the signs are ominous, I imagine Crude Oil export back to the lows before Amnesty, that would end up with people selling children to eat food

  • SECESSIONIST

    1. 85% of the oil wells of the Niger Delta have been fraudulently acquired by Notherners…and nobody is probing it
    2. Contaminated water, air and even on the farm land.
    3. Every food grown is contaminated with cancer causing toxins from pollution
    4. Even the minute fish found several kilometers away from the sea shores are contaminated too
    5. There is oil pollution and spillage everywhere in the Niger Delta.
    6. Nobody is prosecuting the foreign oil companies and their officials.
    7. Why is Buhari not borrowing to clean up and rebuild the Niger Delta BUT borrowing to rebuild the North East?

    The people of the Niger Delta continue to be neglected. Their ecosystem is contaminated with morbid cancer causing toxins poured into our rivers by Nigeria’s oil exploration.

    The recent Transparency International report states that every Niger Deltan adult is not likely to live beyond 45yrs. Why? Because he will die of one cancer or the other. But the Nigerian govt is doing nothing to clean up the Niger Delta. Our rivers all have black sandy beaches with repulsive and choking smell from toxins. This is war against our people and the Nigerian govt does not care. What the Buhari’s govt cares about is to budget 400m annually for Aso Rock rent, 900m for food & drinks etc while the people of the Niger Delta die of hunger and their rivers and land polluted by Nigerian govt and oil companies. We must react without violence but emphatically make sure this madness does not continue. We demand control of our resources. ELSE….

    • IZON Redeemer

      Buhari borrowed 2.1b dollars to rebuild the North East alone——–Now thief Danjuma says it will cost over 1trillion dollars to do the job of repairing markets—When NIMASA was set up the North campaigned against it-Almost impeached Jonathan-when he won the 2011 elections-Until Buhari came–and made a Fulani man–the head of the department–and sacked every Ijaw man through the directive of certain Apes in APC- ati the Itsekiris–After he had sacked Ijaw man Akpos, with the aid of the Itsekiris in Koko led by Sagay–and went on to issue an arrest warrant for Tompolo——–through the Olu of Koko-again The Itsekiris believe the government of Buhari is theirs–despite all that Jonathan did for Pasdtor Ayo—Now Jonathan knows Ayo was just planted in Aso rock to deceive-him-Were there no Ijaw Pastors of Note then like Zil Aggrey–But Jonathan chose an Itsekiri man——–against all the pleas for him to be beware of these serpents-Separation is the answer–The Itsekiris have the right to their own government in Koko—not in lands owned by Ijaws-hence the search for Tompolo whom we all know will never come out alive from the gulag of Buhari-

      • Okafor

        It is by the day getting clearer what the intention of this govt is as far as the Niger Delta is concerned. Buhari has in mind that SE and SS are defeated people and what is theirs belongs to Nigeria. We are watching!

      • Rommel

        Why are you always talking about ethnicity? are you Isaac Adaka Boro reborn?

        • IZON Redeemer

          U are a sick Ibo man—with no roots in the south east–maybe –Why dont u FIND OUT FROM thief Buhari, why he is busy (Fulanizing) various government agencies in the country?—Awo said his first allegience goes to the Yoruba Nation and not to the Fulanis–or the Ibos—————-There is an Ojukwu in every Ibo man or woman-So–why should the spirit of Isaac Boro not be in me-a very proud Ijaw—man?————–As there is an Ahmadu Bello or the Sauduana of Sokoto in every Fulani man————-But when the Ijaw Nation raise their flag of hope in Isaac Boro or Jonathan it becomes a sin——–in Nigeria—————–Anmals

        • emmanuel

          Nigeria is driven by ethnicity and that was why the Yorubas pounded their chest to say they want to deal with that omo Ibo – Jonathan, so they conspired with Hausa Fulani’s.
          was that the USA kind of politics? all these Facebook brains that keep casting aspersion on theirs about ethnicity, while in fact, Nigeria is an ethnic evil

    • emmanuel

      The Bible “Evil will never depot from the Household of whoever repay good with Evil” and that is what Nigeria has done consistently to the Niger Delta!

  • SECESSIONIST

    “The ruptured section of this key pipeline is located at Tokebeleu, near Ojulagha, an Ijaw village in Delta State.” ——————-Why then is Premumu Times showing us a Dutch oil vessel off the coast of Holland in the waters of the pacific? Why not show the real area of the Niger Delta where the rupture happened? What are you afraid of? What are you hiding? If you can’t get to the spot of rupture, then show us the photos of the houses in Tokebeleu village or the ajoining Ojulagha. Hypocrites!

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    Buhari Sacked Me As Director General Because I’m An Igbo – Onyeka Onwenu

    Singer and actress, Onyeka Onwenu, who had been fired this week as Director General of the National Centre for Women Development has revealed a disturbing allegation of how tribalism held influence in the agency and how she was persecuted because she is Igbo by Fulanis who went to the Mosque to declare Fatwa on her if she does not leave-Long before her sack came-Separation is the only answer-Not the rule of the Fulanis and Yoruba traitors—Those who shout one Nigeria are the ones who have amassed wealth via the blood and sweat of the Ijaw Nation–Let my people go–

    • Ade Omowest

      Is Onyeka Onwenu the only Director General sacked? So the other Director Generals are all Igbos too? ‘Abeg write about another issue please’.

      • Mentor

        Thank you Indeed!

      • emmanuel

        They will all be replaced by Mallams and that will confirm to you that the massive sack was tribal and ethnic cleansing.

  • joe

    Corruption-fighting-back?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Senseless assertion by Onyeka Owenu. Meanwhile, why did she take the appointment in the first instance? Did she realize that she blocked career civil servants from legitimately aspiring to be DG of that establishment? Government needs to stop truncating the career progression of staff who rise through the ranks. This argument applies to ALL government MDAs.

    • Burning Spear

      Did Buhari not appoint a retired Army officer to be charge of the Nigerians Customs-Rtd Col Ali-? When he knew the man next in line for the Job was Dr. Atte an Ijaw man——Do u know what that has done to the morals of the establishment——-Aware the law establishing the Customs clearly states that outsiders should never be hired as Comptroller Generals of the Department—–Sadly for us when it got to the turn of the Immigrations——Buhari sent an Hausa man there–Sometimes animals like u often make certain Nigerians hate to identify with the limited hopes and aspirations of the country-U have just displayed the very traits that mde the Fulans declare Fatwa on her————–Separation is the answer not the rule of the Fulanis and Yoruba traitors—————U are now concerned about promotion within—But not in the Customs where an Ijaw man was denied the right to head the department–No Southerner has been appointed to head NPA and Customs within the last 45 years-It has been Fulanis all the way! Animals

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        You are a deranged animal. Did you read where I opined that the argument against bringing in strange personnel from outside is applicable to all MDAs? You are blinded by tribalism. Senseless you needs to be informed that a certain Adebayo Sarumi (a Nigerian of Yoruba extraction) was M.D of NPA for 6 years during OBJ’s tenure. Go to hades and stay there with your falsehood and half-truths. While I will not descend into the gutter with you by resorting to calling any tribe names or over-generalizing, I stand by my post.

        • Burning Spear

          No outisder have been selected to head Nigerian Ports authority and Customs within the last 45 years–it has been fulanis all the way monkey

  • Burning Spear

    @Orafidiya——–Another brainless Buharimice—-from the South West—again———————-Did Buhari not appoint a retired Army officer to be charge of the Nigerians Customs-Rtd Col Ali-? When he knew the man next in line for the Job was Dr. Atte an Ijaw man from Bayelsa state?——-Aware the law establishing the Customs clearly states that outsiders should never be hired as Comptroller Generals of the Department—–Sadly for us when it got to the turn of the Immigrations——Buhari sent an Hausa man there–Sometimes animals like u, often make certain Nigerians hate to identify with the limited hopes and aspirations of the country-U have just displayed the very traits that made the Fulans declare Fatwa on her————–Separation is the answer not the rule of the Fulanis and Yoruba traitors—————U are now concerned about promotion within-the Agecy that she headed abi? But not in the Customs where an Ijaw man was denied the right to head the department–No Southerner has been appointed as head of the Nigerian Ports Authority and Customs within the last 45 years-It has been Fulanis all the way! Animals

  • Malchine

    Going going!!! Crude Oil, goooo! When you go, we see if there is ONE NIGERIA.

  • emmanuel

    when Liar Mohammed, Wahala, Tundemess, Kay Soyemi, Julius, that Elrufai’s minion, Awosan etc engaged in their rascalities shortly after 2015 election, we told them that the game to rig Buhari into power was more complex than what it would take for the boys in the creeks to starve Nigeria, they all booed us.
    Media propaganda and rascalities would not guarantee food on the table. The Bible says EVIL WILL NOT DEPART FROM THE HOUSEHOLD OF THOSE WHO PAY GOOD WITH EVIL. And that is what Nigeria is to the Source of our revenue.
    we are happy that Fayemi and Audu Ogbeh have diversified Nigeria Economy (rhetorical), so lets celebrate now that Pipelines now rupture, because it would not affect our economy.
    But how are we sure that the boys are not returning to the trenches now that Amnesty is on pose out stage?

  • IZON Redeemer

    Thought thief BUHARI weith his Itsekiri backers vioa Sagay declared that oil belongs to the Fulanis,Itsekiris–ati Yorubas—-let us wait and see since the war is yet to commence in full animals

  • Anonymous

    “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold”.
    – Chinua Achebe