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Tension Rises in N’Delta over $18.5m Oil Pipeline Surveillance Contract

Tension has started building up in Delta State due to the decision of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to award oil infrastructure surveillance contract to Ocean Marine Solution Limited contrary to extant rules.

Multiple sources told THISDAY at the weekend that the NNPC approved a contract for the surveillance of the 87-kilometre Trans-Forcados Pipeline (TFP) to Ocean Marine Solution Limited at a whopping $18.48 million on September 26.

Consequently, thousands of youths and ex-militants from 111 host communities to OML 30 assets described NNPC’s decision an impending chaos in the Niger Delta, thereby demanding reversal of the contract.

According to the terms of reference of the contract, it is meant to last for five renewable months, coming with some other conditions spelling out penalties that may attend loss of products or breaches to parts of the length of the pipeline.

Contrary to the terms of reference, one of the sources said the contract has started raising eyebrows amongst stakeholders because due process was followed.

THISDAY, November 25, 2018

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