The Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Pathfinder, has destroyed six refining camps with three million litres capacity reservoir in Rivers State.
The illegal refinery camps located within Cawthorne channel 2 in Degema Local Government Area of the State, steals crude oil from a wellhead in OML18 operated by NNPC Ltd and Sahara Energy.
Commander, NNS Pathfinder, Commodore Desmond Igbo, who took journalists round the illegal refinery, said the oil thieves were not only sabotaging the nation’s economy but destroying the environment.
Igbo explained that the illegal refiners installed a six inch pipeline running over 2 kilometers from the wellhead to the 3million litres capacity reservoir, which distributes crude to the six illegal refining camps.
Igbo, alongside his personnel, ensured that the illegal pipeline was disconnected from the wellhead, and the camps destroyed. He advised youths in the area to involve in legal businesses and shun such risky and dangerous acts.
He said: “Here is NNPCL OML 18 oil well head that is being tapped with a 6 inches hose connected to the well head by oil thieves.
The hose runs for about 2 kilometres from the wellhead to their reservoir and thereafter channel it to their cooking pots. This is a clear case of economic sabotage.