‘We deliberately shut down all refineries’- NNPC

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, has revealed that oil refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna have been shut down for functioning below expectation.

Responding to a question, the NNPC boss said, “First, all the four refineries in three locations are shut down and it was a deliberate decision for two reasons. One is that delivery of crude oil to these refineries is completely challenged because the pipeline network has been completely compromised by vandals and all kinds of people that will not allow us to operate these pipelines”, Punch reported.

“That means you are not able to deliver crude oil to these refineries effectively to their maximum capacity. Secondly, what you call rehabilitation is different from the turnaround maintenance. Turnaround is routine which every refinery does but when you talk about rehabilitation, it is that colossal loss of capacity in the refinery and it means you haven’t done the turnaround maintenance properly.

He added that Typically, every refinery is expected to operate at 90 per cent of its installed capacity.

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