02 May 2013, Abuja – The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Thursday announced that production of premium motor spirits at its three refineries in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt has reached a combined level of ten million, two hundred and thirty one thousand litres (10.23m) per day.
Briefing journalists in Abuja, the Group Executive Director, Refining and Petrochemicals of the Corporation, Anthony Ogbuigwe, stated that Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company is currently running at sixty five percent (65%),Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company at sixty three (63%) and Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company at sixty six (66%) of installed capacities.
Mr. Ogbuigwe also revealed that the refineries are currently producing five million, five hundred and thirty thousand (5.53m) litres of dual purpose kerosene daily and eight million and sixteen thousand (8.016m) 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. Infact, these refineries have been running consistently for over three months now,” Mr. Ogbuigwe quipped.
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 are on course and already the Port Harcourt refinery has taken delivery of some of the components for its rehabilitation, adding: “I can tell you that five shipments for the TAM PHRC have arrived.”
He decried the incessant pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft stressing that the menace is a big threat to the nation’s oil and gas industry.
The GED called on all the stakeholders in the petroleum sector and Nigerians to team up with the NNPC in finding a lasting solution to the menace to enable the refineries run without shutting down.
*NNPC press statement