Oil firms to install electronic monitoring devices to prevent vandalism


Foreign and indigenous firms operating in the Nigerian oil and gas industry will have to install electronic surveillance gadgets on their facilities in a bid to curb the vandalism of oil installations across the country, The Punch reports.

This was one of the highlights of conclusions at a two-day stakeholders’ consultation on the draft National Gas Policy and National Oil Policy, which ended in Abuja on Tuesday. Giving an overview of the NOP, the Senior Technical Adviser on Upstream and Gas to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Gbite Adeniji, stated that it was important for companies to start putting in place oil field security systems.

Adeniji, while explaining the difference between the draft NOP and the bill before the National Assembly, stated that the vandalism of pipelines had severely impacted the sector negatively. Speaking on oil field security as contained in the draft NOP, Adeniji said, “Oil companies are to be charged with electronic surveillance. The time is overdue for Nigeria to build a digital oil field.”