Firm refutes NNPC’s claims over pipeline contract

An indigenous oil and gas service company, Eraskorp Nigeria Limited (ENL), has refuted claims by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) regarding the re-award of the Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP) surveillance contract.

Eraskorp secures critical oil production facilities and sundry services.

A statement by its Director, Richard Ogugu, insisted the re-award of the TFP security contract to Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS) Limited, owned by Capt. Idahosa Okunbo, violated laid down rules.

It alleged that statements by the NNPC, announcing the re-award of the contract, were meant to tarnish the image of ENL and deceive the public.

According to Ogugu, prior to the engagement of ENL in March 2017, the TFP and other OML 30 facilities were enmeshed in problems, including communal crisis and rivalry between militant groups.

The statement reads: “Since the award of the contract to ENL in 2017, and subsequent renewals, the company has performed the contracted services to satisfaction. Indeed, ENL’s operational model was acclaimed in the industry and recommended to other security service providers, because of the improvement in oil production levels and the stability brought to the block.”

Ogugu noted that an independent Performance Assessment Team (PAT) confirmed Eraskorp’s exceptional performance, and, in almost two years of providing the services, there was no time its monthly Service Fee was deducted as penalty for non-performance, as it consistently achieved the key performance indicators (KPIs) in the contract.

“We are, therefore, curious that NNPC resorted to misrepresenting facts and peddling fiction to denigrate our achievements and cover up the “corporate sleaze and corrupt practices” by re-awarding the pipeline surveillance contracts,” he added.

The director dismissed reasons given by NNPC for refusing to follow due process in the award of the contracts, saying they are merely “bogus deals”, which the corporation cannot proudly disclose.

The statement continued: “It is a matter for regret that the corporation was induced to misinform Nigerians and the global industry that Nigeria lost $800 million in oil revenue. Anyone with reasonable knowledge of the industry knows that the so-called “losses” alluded to in NNPC’s statement were deferred income because of production shut-ins due to technical hitches that had no bearing whatsoever with the performance of our contract.”

It called on the Presidency and National Assembly to intervene in the TFP surveillance contract controversy.

Source: The Nation

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