Author Archive of Katorjiromu

Refineries’ turnaround maintenance to start first quarter 2013

The long-awaited turnaround maintenance for the country’s ailing refineries will start in the first quarter of next year, with the Port Harcourt plant slated to be attended to first. Our correspondent gathered that final touches were being put on the bid process for the TAM, as the technical and commercial single bids as well as the repairs are all expected to take off by the first quarter. Read more

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Oil leak: ExxonMobil shuts in production

LAGOS — After almost two weeks of battling oil leak at its Ibeno facility offshore Akwa Ibom State, the Nigerian unit US-based Oil giant, ExxonMobil, is forced to shut down production. Refraining from disclosing how much production was affected in spite of prodding, the oil company in a statement, yesterday, “declared force majeure due to the difficulty in meeting projected liftings because of repair work on a section of pipeline affected in

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Group inaugurates website for reporting graft

A research and advocacy organisation, Integrity Organization, has inaugurated an online platform ( for reporting corrupt practices in the country. It is a website where citizens can report cases of corruption in service delivery. The Executive Director of the group, Mr. Soji Apampa, said during the inauguration in Abuja that “the website will enable citizens who witnessed, participated or saw anybody demanding gratification before

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Security operatives destroy 51 illegal refineries in Rivers

SECURITY operatives in Rivers State have destroyed 51 illegal refineries and four boats in Ke and Pero-Kparakama communities in Degema Local Government Area. Six suspected oil thieves were arrested during the operation that lasted for about nine hours in the two communities. Read more

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Ex-militants battle oil thieves in Delta

THE thinking was that with the involvement of ex-militant leader and founder of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, in Oil Facilities Surveillance Limited, OFSL, a pipeline surveillance company, contracted by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to police oil pipelines in Delta State, oil thieves would scamper to their holes. However, that appears not to be the case,

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Former Minister arrested for illegal oil dealings

Former Minister of Interior, Captain Iheanacho was arrested in Lagos on Friday by security operatives attached to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) with some top officials of his company, Integrated Oil and Gas limited. Read full

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EFCC declares “missing” oil marketers wanted

The trio of Abdul Afeez Olarenwaju Olabisi of Fargo Petroleum and Gas Limited, Abubakar Peters Ali Jeldi, managing director of Nadabo Energy Limited and Ikechukwu Onuabuchi Nworgu of Star Inspection Services Nigeria Limited were declared wanted by the Commission for offences bordering on Criminal Conspiracy, Forgery, Obtaining Money by False Pretences and Money Laundering running into several billions of naira.Read full

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CBN puts Nigeria’s daily oil output in Q2 at 2.12m bpd

The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) yesterday said the country pumped 2.12 million barrels per day of oil in the second quarter, well below the 2.48 million bpd which the Ministry of Finance has projected in this year’s budget.

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Fresh Shell oil spill ravages Bayelsa community

Fresh oil spill from a facility belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) has occurred in Nembe, Bayelsa State, leaving many aquatic lives dead thereby creating panic among inhabitants of the communities in the area. Fishermen no longer embark on fishing expedition, occasioned by the magnitude of the spill. Read full

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Boko Haram rule out talks with FG

Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, on Thursday ruled out holding peace talks with the government and threatened to strike media houses it said fight the group "with the pen".  Read full  

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