The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has resumed production of petrol, diesel and kerosene in its 125,000 barrels per day (bpd) Warri refinery following the repair of an electric fault at the plant.
The Apex oil firm had in February shut the refinery after gas turbine generators that supply power to the plant tripped off.
NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in charge of refineries Mr. Anibor Kragha, had said:
“We have shut down to make sure that we address that properly.”
“The only refinery that is having some issues is the one in Warri, because we have a bit of a power challenge and we are working very hard with General Electric, GE, to address that. But in January all of them were working. The whole Port Harcourt refinery has come on stream and they are running well.”
“Meanwhile the Warri refinery had also started running but there is something with the gas turbine generators that tripped, so it was shut down to make sure we address that, but as you know you cannot start up the equipment without having negative things happen.”
The petroleum corporation then mobilised power firm, General Electric (GE), to rectify the problem.
However, a senior official of the corporation told Daily Trust that the fault has been rectified and that the refinery resumed production a week ago.
The official said the plant has been refining up to 2.4m litres of petrol per day, 2.2 million litres of kerosene and 2.6 million litres of diesel per day.
The other refineries in Kaduna and Port Harcourt, the official said, “went down and came back (within the year) but they are all working at the moment.”