NNPC Reopens Port-harcourt Refinery Over Fuel Scarcity

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
NNPC, weekend, said it has reopened the Port
Harcourt refinery, about six weeks after it was
shut down, while it also disclosed that it has
stepped up efforts to bring the fuel scarcity
currently witnessed across the country to an
end.

This was even as the NNPC also stated that it
paid N85.96 billion into the Federation
Account for the month of January 2016,
despite recording a loss of N3.55 billion in the
same month.

Speaking during a tour of petrol stations in
Abuja to assess the fuel crisis situation, Group
Executive Director, Commercial and
Investment, Mr. Victor Adeniran said Warri
and Kaduna refineries could not resume
production at the moment because the
pipeline network supplying crude oil to the
two refineries had been sabotaged and were
yet to be fixed.

He appealed to Nigerians to be patient,
stating that over the last three days, it had
flooded the market with petrol and that in the
next few days, the queues witnessed at petrol
stations would disappear.

He said, “We want to appeal to Nigerians to
bear with us. Part of what the NNPC has done
was making sure the refineries are back on
stream. The reasons the refineries are not
working today is because the pipelines that
are supposed to supply crude oil to them are
not working. We are almost there.

“You can imagine if we have been able to put
the Escravos – Warri pipeline into use, Warri
refinery would have been up and running and
part of this problem would have been
alleviated.

“Port Harcourt is working because we have
been able to fix the Bonny – Port Harcourt
line. As I am talking to you, we are
transporting crude oil from Bonny to Port
Harcourt refinery. Kaduna cannot work
because Warri also supplies Kaduna with
product.”

He appealed to Nigerians to join in the fight
against pipeline vandalism and oil theft,
stating that the challenges currently
witnessed in the supply of petrol across the
country was due to the sabotage of the
pipeline. It should be noted that this is the
second time in less than six months that Port
Harcourt refinery was shut down and
reopened.

Commenting on NNPC’s strategies to end the
fuel scarcity, Adeniran further stated that
since Thursday, it had made special
arrangement for intervention trucks, with a
carrying capacity of 60,000 litres of petrol.

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/03/fuel-scarcity-nnpc-reopens-port-harcourt-refinery/

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