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Navy destroys Illegal Refineries with 4m litres Daily Capacity in Rivers | Ben Murray-Bruce Reacts



Navy destroys Illegal Refineries with 4m litres Daily Capacity in Rivers

Six illegal refineries with combined capacity to refine four million litres of crude oil daily have been discovered by the Nigerian Navy, NAN is reporting.

According to Capt. Victor Choji, Executive Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder Port Harcourt, the refineries were discovered in Alakiri, Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.

Choji, while destroying one of the illegal refineries on Thursday said: “the refinery (in Alakiri) has capacity to produce one million litres of refined petroleum products daily, while the five other refineries have production-capacity of three million litres daily.”

Speaking on the operation that led to the discovery of the refineries, Choji said:

This operation is focused on hitting the very heart of their infrastructure, so that the operators do not have capacity to regroup and resume their illicit activities.

We realised that whenever we set ablase the refineries without the use of Swam Buggy machine, days after our troops leave the scene, the oil thieves return and revive the refineries.

So, the Navy came up with this strategy to ensure that the pipeline network and metallic storage at the illegal facility are completely crushed.

We started siphoning petroleum products first before destroying the illegal refineries as part of measures to eliminate soot in the atmosphere.

After siphoning the product, it is then taken out of the area and handed over to authorities for testing and analysis.

The Naval chief said it will take about seven days for troops to move the petroleum products and destroy the six illegal refineries.

Following the news of the destruction, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing Bayelsa East constituency, in a tweet said that instead of destroying the refineries, they should have been handed over to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).


  1. Dee

    March 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I don’t get it either. How foolish is the navy? We have been struggling to produce fuel but where it’s illegally produced, it’s destroyed? Can’t NNpC pick a thing or two from these people? Christ!

  2. Mrs chidukane

    March 30, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I think to move forward in this country, we have to come up with unique solutions to our problems. If the fuel produced in these illegal refineries is good enough to be used, why can’t the country copy the technology and improve on it if it has any negative impact on the environment? What works for the west mustn’t always be wholly adapted by us.

  3. Lol

    March 30, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    The whole oil industry stinks of corruption in Nigeria. Bruce Murray is right though in my heart I know the lead levels in the refined oil would be sky high.
    Does anyone else feel the incidence of cancer in Nigeria is going up?

    • Allwell

      March 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Yes I feel the incidence of canceris in the rise in Nigeria.

    • nnenne

      March 31, 2018 at 1:37 am

      Yes! Nigerians now over indulge in refined food. We eat less whole natural whole foods now and our stress levels are high, as we hustle to catch up with our neighbors. Environmental pollution is high as well in our cities. BTW, do we monitor our air emissions, especially in our cities ? Any regulations on car inspections and road worthy vehicles/ aging vehicles? How about proper disposal of trash?
      We want to live like certain countries of this world but we cannot handle everyday trash.
      Fossil fuel spillage is a story for another day!
      We could go on and on!

    • Fleur

      April 1, 2018 at 3:28 am

      Its been high for about 15 years. Very high leukemia rates in Rivers around the riverine areas.

  4. tunmi

    March 30, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    1. Why are the refineries illegal in the first place? What is the barrier to entry with refining oil
    2. Bruce really needs to get his facts right. Who has jurisdiction over illegal refineries? Is it the NNPC or the Navy?
    3. This article is missing how much fuel is produced from the legal refineries so we have some basis of comparison. 6 million refineries producing 4 million litres doesn’t tell us much if we can’t compare to how the legal industry is faring

  5. CovertNigerian

    March 30, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I can understand why parts of the general public might have this opinion, but for a senator who supposedly has better access to information if he seeks it and professes to apply common sense, this is inexcusable. The so-called refineries are makeshift at best and are doing harm to the Niger Delta that will take decades to repair if at all. Calling them refineries is euphemistic at best. They would be useless to the NNPC.

    That said, the methods used to destroy the refineries only make things worse for the local environment. They just set them on fire with no regard for the waterways or aquatic life. We are not doing ourselves any favours.

    For those who actually want to educate themselves on the topic, I encourage you to look up a recent report from Vice News titled “The Battle Raging In Nigeria Over Control Of Oil”. It’s on YouTube and free for all to see.

    • Aare farmland

      March 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      There is a wave of populism in the world now. The guy has been using the worst medium to provide clearly thought out information for years now. They know the soundbites they are dishing but do Nigerians know?

  6. omomo

    March 30, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    these illegal refineries are seriously damaging the atmosphere with all kind of dangerous emissions so please people stop using twitter and instagram as your news source ask professionals and those who know

  7. curious

    March 30, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    if this refinery was in northern Nigeria would it have been destroyed?

    • Ajala & Foodie

      March 30, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      Golly!!! Everything is not and should not be about tribe!!! I know we have issues in Nigeria but when we constantly try to drag tribalism into things that has nothing to do with it we become part of the problem. I am not a Northerner either

  8. miss_nk

    March 30, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    That’s why the soot pollution in rivers state has gotten so bad. They burn these and the whole air is filled with the soot. You go out and come back, wash your hands and the water is black. It’s so terrible.

    • Fleur

      April 1, 2018 at 3:30 am

      They just issued a mea culpa. When your Navy, which is supposed to protect you kills your babies during pregnancy with soot related to their activities to save you from buying illegal fuel. I say an engine knock is preferable any day.

  9. zzzzzzzzzzz

    March 31, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I once saw a video of one if these oil refinery and a colleague of mine who happens to come from the south south said this was technology. I pointed to him that even Rockefeller who started his own refinery in the late 19th century had a more advanced refinery. I said I didn’t wish any of the people refining bad but I could assure him that those operating the refinery were going to have serious health challenges in the years to come. What was disturbing was the amount of soot that was being generated uncontrollably by these illegal refinery. If you look at the picture above closely you will see the inferno.

  10. Ovadje

    April 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    “Refineries” my backside! These guys are just burning crude in barrels and containers while polluting every groundwater source available and killing vegetation. Sadly, the Niger Delta struggle is increasingly becoming a few folks with access to arms making lots of money while everyone else suffers.

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