The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says plans are underway to develop a technology that will help the nation curb oil theft, Premium Times reports.

The general manager of the development, refineries and petrochemical division at the Research and Development Division, R&D, NNPC, Port Harcourt, Abiola Falowo, made this known in Port Harcourt on Thursday. Mrs. Falowo said the division was developing a “calibrated database” that would help detect Nigeria’s stolen oil if taken to any part of the world for sale. Mrs. Falowo explained further that the project would employ the use of a finger-printing technology.

According to the NNPC official, the technology would help collate oil data by taking samples of Nigerian crude from the nation’s oil wells to ascertain its origin, and document other attributes. Subsequently, she said, the properties and other records would be documented in the database. The project is divided into three stages, she said, adding that the project team members were currently working on the first stage.