Due to crude supply challenges arising from recent attacks on vital crude oil pipelines the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC) has announced the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ohi Alegbe on Wednesday in Abuja.
It says the plants were shut simultaneously on Sunday after the Bonny – Okrika crude supply line to the Port Harcourt Refinery and the Escravos-Warri crude supply line to the Kaduna Refinery suffered breaches.
It states that before the closure, the Port Harcourt Refinery was recording a daily Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) yield of over 4.1 million litres while Kaduna Refinery was posting a daily petrol production of about 1.3 million litres.
It also notes that the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company (WRPC) was still on stream and producing a little above 1.4 million Litres of petrol per day.
The statement, however, assures 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,” the statement said.