The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has indefinitely shut down two of the nation’s three refineries due to increase in their operation costs and several maintenance interventions, Daily Trust reports.
A top official of the corporation said yesterday, that Kaduna and Warri refineries had been down in July and yet to resume production till date. “Kaduna refinery (KRPC) is about to start complete overhaul – Turn Around Maintenance (TAM). Once the assessment is finished, we will have an idea (when it will be back),” he said, adding that only the Port Harcourt refinery is functioning at the moment.
NNPC’s Group Managing Director Maikanti Baru at an inaugural pipeline security conference in Abuja, September, hinted that all the refineries would soon be shut down for a comprehensive rehabilitation. “We will then fully bring them back to what they should be as new refineries,” he said, adding that eight committees on the refineries’ rehabilitation had been inaugurated.