Archive for September 2015

Nigeria Sets Oil Theft Deadline   1 comment


By Reuters

Nigerian authorities hope to put an end to rampant oil theft in eight months by increasing drone and naval monitoring of territorial waters and working with local communities, the state oil company chief said on Tuesday.

The Niger delta has been plagued by oil theft for years that has left the region heavily polluted and prompted foreign oil companies, particularly Shell, to sell onshore assets.

“We must eradicate oil theft in eight months … Most of our product pipelines are ruptured and attacked frequently,” Emmauel Ibe Kachikwu, head of the National Nigerian Petroleum Corp, said in an emailed statement.

The reason for the deadline was not immediately clear.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that about 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude is stolen in Nigeria, which produces just over two million bpd of oil.

It is used in hundreds of illegal refineries and even for export. Gas pipelines dependent on crude flows are sometimes forced to close and are even tapped by mistake by those looking for oil, which in turn disrupts electricity production.

Meanwhile, the infrastructure delivering crude to Nigeria’s refining system became so degraded that the state oil company was forced into expensive supply contracts by sea.

“We are launching an armada of approaches, which will include the incorporation of drones to check movements of vessels within our territorial waters,” Kachikwu said.

The country has limited and poorly maintained drones. Those purchased from an Israeli firm several years ago and that might have been used in the fight against the Islamist insurgency in the northeast of the country have become grounded.

Kachikwu said the “logistical nightmares” of staff changes at the crude export terminals would also be examined and that the navy would be better equipped to run patrols in the area.

“The best security for these pipelines lies with the communities. We are trying to create enough incentives for them to see these pipelines as their own,” Kachikwu said.

Under former president Goodluck Jonathan, ex-delta militants that attacked oil installations in the early 2000s were given pipeline protection contracts after an amnesty, but theft continued to grow and spiked ahead of March’s election.


Posted September 9, 2015 by rrts in -NEWS

Joint Piracy Operations for Australia and Indonesia   2 comments


By MarEx 

Australia and Indonesia will from a partnership to combat regional maritime piracy. It will begin later this year and includes training, criminal intelligence exchanges and joint patrols. The primary goal is to not only curb piracy, but to deal with drugs and aquatic poaching.

The countries also launched a maritime enforcement training program at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation, which is jointly managed by Australian Federal Police and Indonesian National Police. It is the center of their partnership for maritime operations as well as counter-terrorism projects.

Since his October 2014 inauguration, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sought to make the nation a global shipping hub and has placed an emphasis on protecting territorial waters. On August 25, Indonesia announced that it formed a rapid deployment force with Malaysia to combat piracy as well. There have been 106 reported incidents of piracy in Southeast Asia this year.

On August 17, Indonesia’s navy publicly sank 70 vessels which were captured poaching in its waters. Widodo instituted the “Sink The Vessels” policy after his election, saying Jakarta would no longer tolerate the invasion of more than 5,000 ships illegally operating in its waters.

Posted September 6, 2015 by rrts in -NEWS