Refineries resume production of kerosene, diesel – NNPC

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Ndu Ughamadu, says its refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri have resumed production of diesel and kerosene.

He said this was expected to balance the disequilibrium in the demand and supply of products as being experienced in parts of the country.

He further said the Kaduna Refinery had also commenced operations to ease the situation in supply and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.

Ughamadu also stated that NNPC had made arrangements for additional supply intervention through direct importation of diesel, kerosene and DPK to sustain product availability across the country.

According to Mr Solomon Ladenegan, the Managing Director of Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), the revival of Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) of the refinery on Jan. 7 has enhanced the production capability of the plant.

He said the plant now refines 2 million litres of kerosene and 3 million litres of diesel daily.

“This morning, we have pumped the products to PPMC and they have started loading; they are going to load up to one million litres of diesel and kerosene.

The products are there in the tank and we are doing everything to get them to the market,” Ladenegan said.

In the same vein, the Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Dr Bafred Enjugu, said that the refinery was producing 3 million litres of AGO (diesel) daily.

This, he said, was in addition to 2 millions of DPK (kerosene) being produced by the refinery daily.

Enjugu expressed happiness that his operators were thrilled following the rehabilitation of old Port Harcourt refinery.

He said this has enabled the production of diesel by locals without deployment of foreign expertise.

An independent marketer, Alhaji Abubakar Yahaya of Yamoyus Nigeria Ltd. described the refinery and the depot environment as positive.

He said marketers now had access to diesel and kerosene in sufficient quantities.


Zainab Sa’id