Why NNPC shut down Kaduna, Port Harcourt refineries

by Emeka Nwankwo

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, on Wednesday, announced that it had shut down the Kaduna and Port Harcourt refineries, due to challenges incurred from the recent attacks on crude oil pipelines.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Public affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe. The statement noted that the refineries were shut on Sunday after the attacks on the Bonny-Okrika Crude supply line to the Port Harcourt Refinery and the Escravos-Warri crude supply line to the Kaduna refineries.

According the statement, the refinery in Port-Harcourt was recording a daily Premuim Motor Spirit (PMS) yield of over 4.1 million liters, while the Kaduna refinery yielded 1.3 million liters of PMS daily before their closure. The Warri refinery, which was not shut down, produces about 1.4 million liters of petrol daily.

The NNPC stated that they have put in place ways to ensure uninterrupted availability of petroleum products around the country.

“In response to the unexpected setback, we have activated comprehensive remedial measures to sustain the prevailing stability in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country,” the statement read.

It would be recalled the Kaduna and Port Harcourt refineries had resumed operation last December after rehabilitation and months of inactivity.

The production capacity of both refineries is: 150,000bpd for the Port Harcourt refinery while the Kaduna refinery has a capacity of 110,000bpd.

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