The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) records have revealed that the oil corporation lost N30.81bn in April 2020, representing over 200 per cent increase in its operating deficit.

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In the report on the corporation’s financial and operational activities for April 2020, the oil firm explained that the deficit posted by its flagship subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, caused the over 200 per cent monthly loss recorded by the group.

It said, “The report in April 2020 indicates an increased trading deficit of N30.81bn compared to the N9.53bn deficit posted in March 2020.

“The current hike of over 200 per cent is attributed to the 29 per cent increased deficit for NPDC due to ongoing coronavirus-related impact of reduced exports, coupled with the upsurge in corporate headquarters deficit arising from terminal benefits made to retired staff.”

It added, “In addition, PPMC, NGMC and Duke Oil Incorporated posted reduced surpluses arising from the COVID-19 effect of reduced demand, fluctuating prices and marketers’ unwillingness to lift products thus affecting revenue.”

The oil firm stated that the net result was an increased deficit to the group.

It, however, noted that to ensure continuous increased PMS supply and effective distribution across the country, a total of 0.94 billion litres of PMS translating to 31.37 million litres per day were supplied in the month of April in the downstream sector.

It stated that in the month under review, a total of 65 pipeline points were vandalised representing about 2.4 times increase from the 19 points recorded in March 2020.

It further noted that in March 2020, total crude oil production in Nigeria increased by 3.17 million barrels or 5.28 per cent at 63.19 million barrels with a daily average of 2.04 million barrels per day.

In another development, the NNPC on Wednesday advised against a swift relocation of tank farms from their current locations along Ijegun, Kirikiri areas in Lagos and other parts of the country.

It said this was in order to avoid dislocation in the supply and distribution chain of petroleum products across the country.

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The corporation, according to a statement issued by its spokesperson, Kennie Obateru, said this on Wednesday at a hearing by the House of Representatives’ Ad-hoc Committee on Relocation of Tank Farms in Residential Areas of Ijegun, Kirikiri.

The statement was entitled “NNPC gives conditions for relocation of tank farms, petroleum products depots.”

It quoted the NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, as saying that the corporation was not averse to the relocation of the petroleum products tank farms and depots sited in residential areas.

He, however, noted that the oil firm would rather ask that sometime be allowed to achieve the full rehabilitation of the refineries and the completion of the Dangote Refinery to enable the nation exit fuel importation before the proposed relocation.