The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation-NNPC; Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has re-commissioned the Escravos-Warri-Kaduna Pipeline.
While re-commissioning the pipeline, Dr. Kachikwu said both Warri and Kaduna refineries are now receiving crude oil simultaneously.
He stated that, “Warri has started working while Kaduna will start production at the end of the month.”
The Minister noted that for the first time in many years, all the three refineries and major crude oil pipelines would be working at the same time.
Dr. Kachikwu emphasised that Escravos terminal is the heart beat of the downstream sector of the industry and critical to local supply of finished petroleum product as both refineries in Warri and Kaduna are majorly fed from Escravos crude stock.
“The challenge of this country is the challenge of focus and stewardship, For the first time in many years the three refineries are going to be working and it will help in a great deal with the issue of fuel supply and distribution across the country and it will go a long way to manage the fuel crisis,’’ Dr. Kachikwu assured.
He commended Nigerians for their patience while assuring them that Corporation is working hard to end fuel shortage across the country.