As part of efforts to bring the current fuel scarcity across the country to an end, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has reopened the Port Harcourt refinery, about six weeks after it was shut down.
Vanguard reports that the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment, Mr. Victor Adeniran, during a tour of petrol stations in Abuja to assess the fuel crisis situation, said Warri and Kaduna refineries were yet to resume operations because the pipeline network supplying crude oil to the two refineries had been sabotaged and were yet to be fixed.
Adeniran appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the situation as the NNPC, over the last three days, had flooded the market with petrol and that in the next few days, the queues witnessed at petrol stations would disappear.
He also added that since Thursday, the NNPC had made special arrangement for intervention trucks, with a carrying capacity of 60,000 litres of petrol.
We want to appeal to Nigerians to bear with us. Part of what the NNPC has done was making sure the refineries are back on stream. The reasons the refineries are not working today is because the pipelines that are supposed to supply crude oil to them are not working. We are almost there.
You can imagine if we have been able to put the Escravos – Warri pipeline into use, Warri refinery would have been up and running and part of this problem would have been alleviated.
Port Harcourt is working because we have been able to fix the Bonny – Port Harcourt line. As I am talking to you, we are transporting crude oil from Bonny to Port Harcourt refinery. Kaduna cannot work because Warri also supplies Kaduna with product.
He also appealed to Nigerians to join in the fight against pipeline vandalism and oil theft, stating that the challenges currently witnessed in the supply of petrol across the country was due to the sabotage of the pipeline.