The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday said it had shut down the refineries in Port Harcourt and Kaduna due to crude supply challenges arising from recent bombings of vital crude oil pipelines in Delta State.
Suspected Niger Delta militants had between last week Thursday and Saturday, launched a series of bomb attacks on critical oil and gas installations in Warri South-West LGA, which affected the Bonny-Okrika crude supply line to the Port Harcourt Refinery and the Escravos-Warri crude supply line to the Kaduna refinery.
Both refineries, which had only just resumed production in December after several months of turn around maintenance, were shut simultaneously on Sunday.
The Corporation in a statement yesterday stated that before the closure, the Port Harcourt Refinery was recording a daily PMS yield of over 4.1 million litres while Kaduna Refinery was posting a daily petrol production of about 1.3 million litres.
It noted however, that the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company (WRPC) is still on stream and producing a little above 1.4 million Litres of petrol per day.
The NNPC, however, assured that it had put measures in place to ensure uninterrupted country-wide availability of petroleum products.
“In response to the unexpected setback, we have activated comprehensive remedial measures to sustain the prevailing stability in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country”, the statement added.