The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, Mele Kyari, has revealed that over 5,000km petroleum products pipeline network of the oil firm would be replaced in three years.

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Kyari disclosed this at the 2024 edition of Society of Petroleum Engineers Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum in Abuja, on Thursday, with the theme, ‘Stability in the Energy Sector: Integrated Strategies for Infrastructure, Transportation and Security.’

He said, “The cheapest way of transporting petroleum products is by pipelines and that is why our NNPC network of pipelines is connecting almost all geopolitical zones, we have 27 stations and over 5,000km of pipelines across the country.

“However, many of them as we know, are at the point that we just have to replace them, and that is what we are doing today. We have commenced a BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer) process where nearly all the pipelines will be replaced over a period of three years.

“As we do this, we are also reinforcing the ability of the current network to deliver products to our locations.”

The NNPCL boss further stated that the replacement of the pipelines was critical and would be delivered within the specified timeline.

Kyari told participants at the lecture series that the recent improvement in the security of oil assets would enable the country meet its crude oil production target for the year, adding that Nigeria currently pumps about 1.6 million barrels of crude oil daily.

He said the oil company was working hard to supply eight billion standard cubic feet of gas into the domestic market through the deployment of various gas projects.

He listed some of the infrastructural projects being undertaken by the NNPCL to help bridge the energy access gap in Nigeria to include the Obiafu/Obrikom/Oben or OB3, and Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipelines, adding that they were designed to enhance the nation’s gas supply network.