The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation today announced that production of premium motor spirits at its three refineries in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt has reached a combined level of 10.23m per day.
The Group Executive Director (GED) for Refining and Petrochemicals, Engr. Anthony Ogbuigwe, told journalists during a briefing that the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company is currently running at 65%; Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company at 63%; and Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company at 66% of installed capacities.
Mr. Ogbuigwe also revealed that the refineries are currently producing 5.53m litres of dual purpose kerosene daily and 8016m litres of automotive gas oil, diesel daily.
“I can tell you with every sense of responsibility that contrary to the news making the round, all our refineries are doing very well. The major components and various units of Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units, (FCCU), Crude Distillation Unit (VDU) and Vacuum Distillation Unit (DDU) of all the refineries are working well,” he said, adding that all three refineries have been running consistently for over three months.
He explained that the stability that has characterized the supply of petroleum products to motorists in the country is attributable to the good performance of the refineries.
Mr. Ogbuigwe maintained that the scheduled turn around maintenance for the refineries is on course, with the Port Harcourt refinery receiving five shipments of the required TAM equipment and components.
The GED took the opportunity to criticize the incessant pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in the country, describing the menace as a big threat to the nation’s oil and gas industry.
He called on all the stakeholders in the petroleum sector and Nigerians in general to team up with the NNPC in finding a lasting solution to the problem to enable the refineries run without shutting down.