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Bayelsa: 9 Illegal Refineries With 1m/BPD Production Capacity Discovered

…..Oil and Security Enterprises, revealed that a total of nine sites had been uncovered thus far during the operation.

By Government Ayiba: 

In the intensified effort to combat crude oil theft and illegal refineries in the Niger Delta region, a significant development has occurred. Three communities in Bayelsa State have witnessed the revelation of nine illegal refinery sites. These sites collectively produce over one million barrels of oil daily. The discovery was made through the joint efforts of Daven Oil and Security Enterprises, a pipeline security contractor employed by the Federal Government, along with the Joint Task Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the media.

The identification of these sites was part of the “Operation No More Smoke” initiative launched by Daven Security Enterprises. Its primary objective is to eliminate illegal oil bunkering activities in the region. The illegal refineries, locally known as “kpofire,” were found in the Okordia/Zarama/Biseni communities in Yenagoa LGA and the neighboring communities of Ibelebiri and Otuege (Agba) in Ogbia LGA.

During a media briefing at one of the dismantled illegal refinery sites located deep within the Zarama Clan’s swamp forest, Okardi Yogo, the spokesperson and Mobilization Officer of Daven Oil and Security Enterprises, revealed that a total of nine sites had been uncovered thus far during the operation.

Yogo said: “This is a baby operation, Daven Oil and Security Limited is one of the pipelines surveillance security taking charge of a section of the Niger Delta. We are here kick-starting the  ‘Operations No More Smoke’, we are on discovery sessions, which have yielded good results.

“Based on intelligence reports and support from our grand patron, General Amagbein Boro, we were able to uncover sites with about 15 oven (tanks) with a capacity of 450,000 litres daily production in Okordia/Zarama/Biseni in Yenagoa council.

“We had difficulty accessing the sites because they are tucked away about eight kilometres across the Taylor Creek in the swamp forest. We trekked for more than three hours before we got to the locations. We also discovered that the operators were tapping (sourcing) their production from Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, pipelines in the area.

“We have also visited sites in Ibelebiri and Agba communities in Ogbia council of Bayelsa State and we have also uncovered in these areas,  many tanks been constructed by illegal refineries operators with production capacity of more than 500,000 barrels per day, and one of the standouts of that operation was the visible environmental impact. We saw a two hectares of land totally destroyed by activities of artisanal crude oil refining.

“We will continue to uncover more and fetch them out from the roots. Our mandate is to protect the environment and oil facilities to boost oil production and the Nigerian economy, that is the task given to us and we will continue to collaborate and sensitize the communities and work with the leaders of the community.

“The message is very clear, that is not business as usual, therefore, we are calling on all those who are involved in these activities to desist from it and partner us, so that the modular refineries we are clamouring for will come to us.

“This is a technical operation, we are on it and we will not give up until we bring oil theft to a halt.”

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