Hope for full restoration of normal fuel supply after the repair of the damaged pipeline at Arepo area of Ogun State has been dashed as the recent pipeline fire in Ije-Ododo community in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State has interrupted fuel supply from Ejigbo Depot, also in Lagos, THISDAY has learnt.
The repair of the pipeline, which cut fire in Arepo had made in impossible for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to pump fuel from Atlas Cove Depot in Lagos through pipelines to Ejigbo, Mosimi, Ibadan, Ore and Ilorin Depots.
But with the repair of the pipeline at Arepo, the NNPC was able to pump petrol from Atlas Cove to Ejigbo and Mosimi in Ogun State, while efforts were being made to repair the vandalised pipelines to pump to Ibadan, Ore and Ilorin depots so as to ease the pressure on Apapa depots.
The NNPC has stated that the pipeline between Atlas Cove and Ilorin Depot was vandalised on over 774 points.
However, a source at Ejigbo Depot told THISDAY during the weekend that with the recent pipeline fire in Ije-ododo area, it was no longer possible to pump products from Atlas Cove to Ejigbo for tankers to load.
According to him, there is no petrol in Ejigbo Depot as the products pumped earlier into the facility after the recent repair of Arepo pipeline had been exhausted.
“There are no products at Ejigbo and products cannot be pumped to that place from the Atlas Cove because of the Ije-ododo pipeline fire,” he said.
He, however, stated that the NNPC was still pumping from Atlas Cove to Mosimi, while efforts were on-going to pump from Mosimi to Ibadan; Ore and Ilorin Depots.
Between Atlas Cove and Mosimi depot, the NNPC has recorded 181 break points caused by vandals.
About 421 vandalised points were recorded from Mosimi to Ibadan, while 50 points were recorded from Mosimi to Ore.
Also between Ibadan and Ilorin, there were a total of 122 break points
THISDAY gathered during the weekend that all trucks with NNPC tickets, which were initially programmed to load at Ejigbo Depot were diverted to NIPCO Plc to lift NNPC products in the depot.
It was learnt that NIPCO had three imported cargoes on ground discharging products during the weekend.
However, there were no protests in most of other private depots in Apapa at the weekend and this has put pressure on the ex-depot price.