The Upstream Chief Operating Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Bello Rabiu-Babura, says the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC, will resume production in two weeks. Mr. Rabiu-Babura said this on Saturday after inspecting facilities at the KRPC in Kaduna and in responds to questions from Energy Correspondents.
He also said that all the three Refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna would resume refining crude oil as well for local consumption by the end of April. According to him, refining local crude at the KRPC would address the scarcity being experienced in the country especially in the Northern region.
“With what I have seen and the current effort of the Minister of State for Petroleum and the NNPC, all necessary arrangements are being put in place to ensure that the company resumes production,” he said.
“We are optimistic that in the next two weeks the refinery will resume production, and by the end of April all the other three refineries in the country will resume full production,” he added.
Mr. Rabiu-Babura, who is also the Group Executive Director, GED, Upstream, said that the Federal Government and the NNPC were working tirelessly to put an end to the fuel crisis. He expressed satisfaction with the various ongoing facility upgrades at the KRPC, and their capability of producing 110 barrels of fuel per day at full capacity.
The official also commended the company’s management for the work being executed at the site. He said the NNPC was also collaborating with the Defence Headquarters and other agencies to ensure adequate security is provided at all pipelines to reduce its rate of vandalization.
Mr. Rabiu-Babura also said these soon-to-reopen refineries have not been operating at optimum level for the past 10 years, putting their entire operation at 22 per cent. However, he assured that the present administration is determined to provide security at the facilities to boost crude refining for local consumption.