Nigeria's three refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri have resumed production of diesel and kerosene, says the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation which operates the refineries.
The resumption of refining of diesel and kerosene is expected to balance the disequilibrium in demand and supply of the white products being experienced in recent times in parts of the Country, NNPC also said in a statement made available to reporters.
Speaking on the production level of the Warri refinery, the Managing Director of the refinery, Engr. Solomon Ladenegan, said the plant had been doing well since the Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) was revved up on Saturday, 7 January, 2017.
Ladenegan said the refinery resumed production last Saturday at about 10:22hrs, with the plant's CDU functioning.
The refinery MD stated that the plant now refines 2 million litres of kerosene and 3 million litres of diesel daily.
"This morning, we have pumped the products to PPMC and they have started loading. They are going to load up to 1 million litres of DPK and AGO. The products are there in the tank and we are doing everything to get them to the market," Engr. Ladenegan disclosed.
On his part, the Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Refinery, Dr Bafred Enjugu, said the refinery was producing 3 million litres of AGO daily, in addition to millions of DPK being churned out by the refinery daily.
Enjugu said that his operators were thrilled having rehabilitated the old Port Harcourt Refinery where production of AGO was being carried out by themselves without foreign expertise deployment.
NNPC in the statement also said the Kaduna Refinery has also roared into action, producing millions of litres of white products to ease out the situation in supply and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.
Daily Trust reports that the Warri and Kaduna refineries did not refine crude late last year due to crude pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region coupled with on-going revamp of the refineries.
According to the NNPC, the refineries continue to operate at minimal capacity as their adverse performance affected petroleum products production which slumped during the period.
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