The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have shut down Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries following militants attacks on some oil and gas pipelines in the area. The two refineries which began operation in 2015 was to complement the other refineries in the country. According to a report in 2015, the poor state of the refineries were due to vandalism.
NNPC on Wednesday, explained that although this may not be the appropriate time to be doing this, the refineries had to be shut down 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.
The Corporation in a statement released before shutting down the refineries on Sunday said that the Port Harcourt refinery records a daily PMS yield of over 4.1 million liters while the Kaduna refinery records a daily production of about 1.3 million liters. It also noted that the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company (WRPC) is still on stream and producing a little above 1.4 million liters of petrol per day.
President Muhammadu Buhari has however vowed to deal with those involved in oil theft, pipeline vandalism and bombing in the Niger Delta. He made this known through his spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Tuesday.
Speaking during an interactive forum with members of the Nigerian Community in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the president was quoted to have said “The oil thieves and abductors are a less problematic target. We will re-organize and deal with them.”
The Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Major-General Alani Gafar Okunola, who visited the affected sites with other military officers after the attack to see the level of damage done by the militants have vowed that the perpetrators would be nabbed and brought to book.