The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, reveals that the newly re-streamed Port Harcourt Refinery produces between three and five million litres 0f petrol daily, after it had been down for months due to poor maintenance and shortage of crude feedstock.
The re-streaming of the refinery, was aimed at optimizing available capacity at the plant to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians in accessing petroleum products, particular premium motor spirit (PMS/petrol).
In the bid to address the current product scarcity that had crippled the economy, the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited has also announced that 28 million litres of petrol have been pumped into the domestic market.
Managing Director of the company, Dr Bafred Audu Enjugu, said in a statement yesterday that the rapid response was the product of a fast-track strategy aimed at optimizing available capacity at the plant in an effort to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians groaning under the biting fuel scarcity in the country.
The Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCC) of the refinery had been running, while some products from the primary processing units had been blended to generate over 10.28 million litres of petrol.
Enjugu said 1.7 million litres were released to the depot last Friday, while another 4.5 million litres were transferred to the depot for distribution on Saturday and additional 4.08 million litres last Tuesday.
According to him, the refinery commenced a process of blending Crack C5 and Naphtha on Sunday leading to the generation of 17.3 million litres for immediate distribution.
Enjugu assured Nigerians that the premier refinery is available to sustain its production and contribute to the nation’s petroleum products pool, in the hopes that it will contribute in reducing the pressure on the nation’s foreign exchange demand through import substitution.
NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Garba Muhammad, has also said that Warri and Kaduna refineries were gearing up for production over the next couple of weeks as the NNPC have begun to supply crude to the refineries, but we are waiting to build up crude reserves before firing them up in the next two weeks or so.