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Kaduna Refinery Resumes Production

Posted: Feb 10, 2016 at 3:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
 Nigerians would soon find lasting relief from the perennial shortage of petroleum products in the country, especially petrol, if the ongoing reforms of government are sustained.
This follows the declaration by the state-owned oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, that the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in Kaduna State has resumed production, supplying 3.2 million litres of premium motor spirit (petrol) to the Nigerian market.
It is hoped that the initiative would bring an end to the fuel shortages and resulting queues at petrol filling stations that have been a common factor in major Nigerian cities since last year.
The KRPC, alongside the two other refineries in the country, Warri and Port Harcourt, has been moribund for years, going through a seemingly endless “turn-around maintenance” that allegedly served as a cash cow for corrupt government officials and contractors while the majority of Nigerians were left at the mercy of fuel importers and marketers.
The NNPC declared on its website that the Kaduna Refinery commenced production over the weekend with an initial PMS yield of about 1.5 million litres, which has been raised to 3.2 million litres for the domestic market.
“The injection of this volume into the system will significantly impact ongoing special intervention efforts designed to bring relief to motorists across the country,” the Corporation stated.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who is also the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, came on board last year with a promise to reform the Nigerian oil industry, beginning with the corporation, which was dogged by claims of corruption, subsidy scams and underhand dealings that characterised the oil sector in Nigeria.