Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), has decried that illegal bunkering and oil theft in the Niger Delta region has negatively impacted its operation. It added that it had devastating effects on Nigeria’s economy and the environment in the Niger Delta region. CNL is the operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (“NNPCL”) and CNL – “NNPCL/CNL JV.”
General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, (CNL), Esimaje Brikinn, in a statement, also stated that CNL’s commitment to working with government agencies and others to prevent oil theft and its impact on the environment was recently commended by the Special Investigation Panel on Oil Theft/Losses in Nigeria set up by the Federal Government during their visit to CNL’s operations.
It added that CNL would continue to monitor the environment in its areas of operations and report any suspected illegal activity and breaches to the relevant Government security forces and regulatory agencies.
He said: “CNL has helped in reducing pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the Niger Delta region by collaborating with communities around the areas of the company’s operations to set up the Community Pipeline and Facilities Surveillance Programme (CPFSP) in 2005.
“Through the CPFSP, CNL continues to tackle the challenge of oil theft and pipeline vandalism and engage the community youth in pipeline surveillance to reduce oil theft in CNL’s area of operation.
“CNL also deploys security surveillance equipment and other technologies in addition to physical water-borne patrols by the CPFSP and the government security forces.
“CNL is committed to the highest ethical standards and business principles. CNL operates as a responsible company and conducts its business in full compliance with the law and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. CNL will continue to work with the Nigerian government towards the development of the oil and gas industry and the Nigerian economy generally.”