Frustrated by militants, Nigeria turns to Niger Republic for crude oil

Frustrated by militants, Nigeria turns to Niger Republic for crude oil

The Federal Goveenment is making plans to construct a 1,000 kilometre pipeline from Niger Republic to the Kaduna Refinery.

The pipeline, according to the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, would help convey crude oil from Agadem to the Kaduna refinery.

The decision to turn to Niger Republic for crude for the refinery, according to Baru, is because of the challenges being faced in accessing crude from the Niger Delta region.

Baru disclosed this at a town hall meeting he had with staff of the Kaduna Refinery in Kaduna at the weekend.

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He said: “Due to challenges with the aged refinery and crude oil pipelines that had been breached severally, the operations of the refinery has been epileptic. This we are determined to resolve through various intervention methods, including evaluation of alternative crude oil supply from Niger Republic through building of pipelines of over 1, 000 kilometers from Agadem to Kaduna. That effort is being championed by Mr. President himself.

“It was important to explore alternative crude supply to KRPC, which has been affected by vandalism of pipelines and obsolescence, assuring that the initiative will reduce downtime of the plant and ensure optimal utilisation.

“The Corporation has already started engagements with the Nigerien Minister of Petroleum and the Chinese that are operating the field at Agadem”, he said.

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…

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