- 113 oil tankers have been banned from lifting crude oil from Nigeria due to sharp practices recorded in the export.
- This statement came from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC over the weekend.
- The tankers, according to a document signed by Gbenga Komolafe, Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, NNPC, were banned from entering Nigerian oil facilities and territorial waters.
- The document obtained from Platts, a global energy trading information source, said, “The NNPC has prohibited 113 tankers from engaging in crude oil/gas loading activities in any of the terminals within the Nigerian territorial waters until further notice.”
- The letter, Platts report showed, was dated July 15, and addressed to terminal operators in Nigeria, while the tankers were listed in an attached spreadsheet.
The affected vessels have also been barred from movements within the Nigerian territorial waters forthwith.
“Finally, enforcement of the above directives takes immediate effect pending a notice to the contrary by Government, please,” the NNPC noted.
In view of this development,the NNPC is yet to officially make public the names and owners of the vessels.