INTELS raises alarm over illegal midstream discharges

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Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) has alleged that the diversion of oil and gas-related cargo to non-designated terminals is rife, adding that such practices are threats to the government’s revenue collection drive, Shipping Position reports.

The Onne, Rivers state-based port concessionaire also stated that midstream discharge is a clear violation of a Presidential order banning same. Speaking during an oversight visit by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport to its facility last week, the Chief Executive Officer of Intels; Mr Andrew Dawis said that the Federal Government was losing huge revenue to illegal midstream discharge.

He told the lawmakers that the Senate needs to support the Ministry of Transportation and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to address the diversion of oil and gas related cargo to non-designated terminals. The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Intels; Mr Adamu Abubakar, also said the committee should assist in looking into the private jetties receiving and discharging cargoes from ocean-going vessels, irrespective of the Presidential directive to enforce the rules.