20 January 2015, Lagos – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said it had shut down the Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries, owing to crude supply challenges arising from recent attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.
The corporation announced the operational shutdown of the refineries on Wednesday in a statement signed by its GroupGeneral Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe.
According to the corporation, the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company is still on stream and producing a little above 1.4 million Litres of petrol per day.
The corporation, however, stated that it had 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,” NNPC added.
The 150,000bpd refinery in Port Harcourt and the 110,000 bpd Kaduna refinery had resumed operations in December after several months of shutdown.