Kaduna refinery begins production at 68% capacity, says NNPC
• ‘Warri not producing petrol but diesel, kerosene’
Hope that the scarcity of fuel in many parts of the country will disappear in few days’ time emerged yesterday, as the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) has commenced production with 68 per cent of its installed capacity.
Announcing the resumption of production at the KRPC plant yesterday, General Manager, Public Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi Idris, told The Guardian: “We have started production in the plant and loading of fuel for the public will start on Friday.
“We are now producing at 68 per cent of installed capacity. We are very confident that the level of production will address the level of scarcity of the product in the public when supply from the plant begins.
“Production will not come up holistically, it will come up gradually until the optimum level is achieved. It is one unity that has been re-streamed. And gradually, the level is going to go up. We don’t hope for any stoppage again as production has started.”
In another development, there were indications yesterday that the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) has not started producing fuel but only producing diesel and kerosene.
The Guardian reliably gathered yesterday that the crude used in producing diesel and kerosene presently at the refinery are the remnant in the feedstock tanks supplied before the refinery packed up last year.
An executive member of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), who does not want his name in print, also told The Guardian at the PPMC depot yesterday that the fuel being sold to marketers at the depot was imported and not the one produced at the Warri Refinery.
He said: “It is a lie, they are not producing anything, they are just deceiving Nigerians. What they are producing is diesel and kerosene from left over crude oil in their tanks. They just finished repairing the pipeline that will supply crude from Escravos, and so far, the refinery is yet to receive any crude. So, if they tell you they are producing fuel, tell them to show you.”
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