Kaduna Refinery Production Capacity Increases To 60%

Kaduna-Refinery-plantThe production capacity of the Kaduna Refinery has been increased to 60 per cent after recent repairs, a top management official of the refinery has said.

The Managing Director of the Kaduna Refinery and Petro-Chemical Company, Saidu Mohammed, said that there were efforts to push production capacity to between 80 to 90 per cent before the second quarter of 2016.

According to him, a second phase of the rehabilitation exercise, which is ongoing in the plant, has been completed.

“We have carried out overhaul of all major compressors in the plant. Others are awaiting the arrival of some spare parts, but they are all in order to increase the capacity.

“Today, we can confidently run 60 per cent. But we have to improve the reliability of the plant.

“We will first of all consolidate on what we have done,” he said on Sunday.

Mr Mohammed said that the company had put together a plan for a four-phase rehabilitation of the plant which had started.

He said: “So far we have concluded the first two Phases and we are about to embark on the third one.

“Very soon, once we shut down again, we will use that window to carry out phase-three of the rehabilitation.

“Gradually that will bring us back to the state we want by the second quarter of 2016. We should be able to have this plant reliably operating at 80 to 90 per cent minimum and that is what it has been designed for”.

At 60 per cent production capacity, the plant is producing about 1.6 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit daily.

Channels Television’s energy correspondent, Olu Philips, said trucks were seen within the refinery loading.

The Kaduna refinery is a three-in-one plant operation – The fuel plant, which refines Nigerian crude, the Loops Plant which refines imported crude and the alkaline basin plant.

Port Harcourt, Warri Refineries Commence Preliminary Production

Refinery-KadunaThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says refineries in Port Harcourt and Warri have commenced preliminary production.

According to the NNPC, production started after in-house engineers conducted a nine-month rehabilitation on the facility.

“What this means is that both plants have resumed production of petroleum products.

“For now, about 60 per cent of its 210,000 barrels per day production capacity is being achieved, but it is projected that it will hit its installed 125,000 barrels per day capacity soon,” the General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Mr Ohi Alegbe, said while giving reporters update on the Port Harcourt refinery preliminary production.

He said that the Port Harcourt refinery would eventually hit five million litres of petrol per day, while Warri would contribute 3.5 million litres of petrol.

The NNPC also announced that it had successfully recovered the system 2B pipeline breached last week at Arepo in Ogun State after the pipeline network caught fire.

Nigerian Senate To Investigate State Of Refineries

Refineries in NigeriaThe Senate has summoned the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to find out the true condition of the country’s refineries.

At plenary on Wednesday Senator Gbenga Ashafa moved the motion for the investigation of the state of the refineries that have not been operational for years now.

The motion was moved with an intention to address the incessant fuel tanker tragedies on Nigeria’s highways.

In the last one month, there have been several incidents of tanker explosions and subsequent fire outbreak that has claimed lives and led to the loss of property work millions of Nigeria.

Senator Ashafa urged the Senate to address, with urgency, the repeated incidents of fuel tanker crashes in some Nigerian States.

He said: “Within the space of one week, four fuel tanker accidents occurred in two major cities in Nigeria, claiming lives and destroying property”.

The Senator further pointed out that the tragedies would have been avoided if the refineries were functional.

Lack of adequate maintenance of the refineries in Nigeria has led to so much reliance on imported petroleum products, making the nation the only major oil producing country in Africa that imports finished petroleum products from other countries.

To move the products from their landing states to other states, marketers rely solely on tanker.

On June 2, several shops and vehicles were destroyed by fire after a tanker loaded with petrol veered off a bridge at Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State and exploded.

The fire burnt the line of shops, covering over 50 metres by the road side.

Few days after, another fuel tanker explosion occurred in Idimu area of Lagos State.

Reports say the tanker fully loaded with automotive gas oil otherwise known as diesel exploded around Idimu at about 12:30am on June 6.

During his political campaign, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to fix the refineries and shore-up its capacity to reduce and eventually end importation of finished products.

Labour Union Demands Rehabilitation Of Refineries In Nigeria

oil-refineryThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to urgently fix all deplorable roads and also rehabilitate the refineries in order put an end to incessant tanker accidents that result to fire outbreak across the country.

In a statement issued on Sunday, a factional Deputy President of the NLC, Issa Aremu, described as shameful the movement of highly inflammable products through hundreds kilometres of bad roads in Nigeria instead of the international best practices of using refineries and depots.

Mr Aremu, however, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to put a stop to such anomaly.

He also urged the present government to deepen the ongoing revival of the railways through public investment.
According to him, the solution is not in privatising the railways as doing so would not add value to national wellbeing and development to the nation’s transport sector.

“Railway requires massive injection of funds to upgrade its tracks to standard gauge and modernise the wagon and haulage facilities. If fixed, Railways can also absorb hundreds of thousands of jobs for the millions of unemployed youths under the Buhari dispensation,” the statement read.

The NLC factional Deputy President also demanded that the government must urgently compensate all the victims of the carnage Onitsha and Lagos petrol tanker fire accidents.

PENGASSAN Threatens Strike Over Lack Of Crude Oil, Unfair Treatment

Oil workersMembers of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Kaduna Refinery Branch, have given a 12-hour ultimatum to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and PENCOM to reverse the slashing of their contributory pension fund and also supply crude oil to the three refineries across the country to enable them continue production of refined petroleum products.

Chairman, PENGASSAN (Kaduna Refinery branch), Sanusi Abdulhamik, in a statement he issued on Monday, said that the Kaduna Refinery has been shut down for a while due to what he termed as lack of turn around maintenance and non availability of crude oil to enable the workers refine fuel, diesel and Kerosene.

He alleged that rather than supply crude oil to Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri refineries, the NNPC has resorted to importation of refined petroleum products into the country, a situation which he described as a deliberate plot by government to sell the three refineries to their cronies.

The workers threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if NNPC failed to supply the refineries with crude oil latest by Tuesday morning, and also service the plants for optimal performance.

While appealing to Nigerians not to see their action as being insensitive to their plight, Abdul-hamik explained that the decision to go on strike was inevitable since NNPC refused to turn around the refineries and supply crude oil to enable them perform their duties.

According to him, there is no justification for government to continue importing refined petroleum products when it can repair and maintain the existing refineries that can guarantee availability of the products across the country.