The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Saturday that it has restored supply of crude oil to Warri and Kaduna refineries. The news which was conveyed via a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Mallam Garba Deen Muhammad, raises hope of improved supply and distribution of petroleum products to most parts of the country.
The statement read in part, that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has recommissioned the Escravos-Warri-Kaduna pipeline stressing that both Warri and Kaduna refineries are now receiving crude simultaneously for the first time in many years.
The statement quoted Dr. Kachikwu as saying that Warri has started working while Kaduna will start production at the end of the month.
The Minister noted that this means that for the first time in many years, all the three refineries and major crude pipelines will be working at the same time.
Dr. Kachikwu stated that Escravos terminal is the heart beat of the downstream sector of the industry and critical to local supply of finished petroleum product as both refineries in Warri and Kaduna are majorly fed from Escravos crude stock.
“The challenge of this country is the challenge of focus and stewardship. For the first time in many years the three refineries are going to be working and it will help in a great deal with the issue of fuel supply and distribution across the country and it will go a long way to manage the fuel crisis,’’ Dr. Kachikwu said.
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