16 September 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Federal Government is considering establishment of new refineries due to its desire to ensure optimal performance of the oil sector, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has said.
According to him, the NNPC was working to get the existing refineries in Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt to work to their optimal production with “new business modules, new commercial modules and new approach on how we can get to where we should be”.
“What is obtainable is that most of our refineries are close to 30 to 40 years old; we need to begin to look at building new refineries in the same land space where they can share facilities so that you will have something to lean on when these old ones are beginning to kick out.
“Obviously, we need new modules because with this modules it won’t get us very rapidly. Three out of the six units of the plants were (are) down.
“Some of them for a very long period. We need to sit down and see what modules, how do you turn around the new refinery. How do you work on emergency basis components of the ones that is there”.
He said the NNPC management was committed to ensure that within the next 90 days time frame some elements of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company, KRPC, plant would work the way they would be expected.
“But never will we get it to where I will love it to be. So simultaneous reserve will enhance process to see the rest of the units getting to some level of maintenance and repairs,” he said.