Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Will drones bring an end to oil theft?

An oil well head is seen near a local community at the mangrove swamps near Port Harcourt Nigeria, Wednesday Feb. 7 2007

Going forward  drones will be deployed to combat oil by monitoring the movement of ships in an effort to curb the rampant oil theft in the country, the state oil firm says.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it wants to end crude theft in the next eight months.
Nigeria is Africa's biggest crude producer but its revenue is severely reduced by theft and attacks on oil pipelines. President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to clean up the industry.
Oil generates around 70% of government revenues in Nigeria's economy.
But a 2013 report by think tank Chatham House said that 100,000 barrels per day were being stolen.
That was equivalent to 5% of Nigeria's daily production.
It said the theft was occurring on an "industrial scale", with small barges transferring stolen oil to tankers waiting offshore to take it to international markets.
Senior politicians and military officers are said to be involved in the illegal trade.
The new head of NNPC Ibe Kachikwu also said the company would work more closely with Nigeria's navy to tackle the problem.


  1. Nothing will stop oil theft cos people are ready to die sef cos of greed and need to survive

  2. Some ppl no dey hear word o. If u like put war jet & any weapon u like they'll still do what they choose. Only God can help human beings from taking wrong steps.