Port Harcourt, Kaduna Refineries Shut – NNPC

For militants’ activities that saw the destruction of oil installations in southern Warri, Delta State, for three days last week, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Wednesday, said it had shut two refineries in the southern city of Port Harcourt and Kaduna in the north. NNPC said because of sabotage to crude pipelines, the plants were shut on Sunday, adding because of “breaches” to the Bonny-Okrika supply line to Port Harcourt and the Escravos-Warri pipeline to Kaduna, the two refineries had to shut down, the company said in a statement.
Nigeria’s Minister of Power Babatunde Fashola said on Tuesday the country was losing some $2.3 million (2.1 million euros) a day to attacks on gas facilities and lost electricity production. The military said separately it would no longer tolerate the sabotage and blamed it on “criminal elements who are bent on destroying the nation’s strategic assets”.
Supporters of former Niger Delta militant Government Ekpemupolo, also known as “Tompolo”, are believed to have been behind a series of strikes on pipelines in Delta state at the weekend.
A court in Lagos last Thursday ordered his arrest on theft and money laundering charges.
Ohi Alegbe, the spokesman for the NNPC said in a statement that the plants were shut simultaneously on Sunday after the Bonny-Okrika crude supply line to the Port Harcourt Refinery and the Escravos-Warri crude supply line to the Kaduna Refinery suffered breaches.
The NNPC stated that before the closure, the Port Harcourt Refinery was recording a daily PMS yield of over 4.1 million litres while Kaduna Refinery was posting a daily petrol production of about 1.3 million litres.
The statement noted that the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company was still on stream and producing a little above 1.4 million Litres of petrol per day.
The Corporation however assured that it has put in place strategies to guarantee unimpeded country-wide availability of petroleum products.
“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 NNPC said.

Author: News Editor

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