The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has on Thursday revealed that Kaduna Refinery will resume the production of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS (petrol), within the next three months.
This was made known in a statement by the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, in Abuja.
According to him, the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit, FCCU, and the fuel section of the refinery would be brought back to life within this period to ensure that Nigerians continue to enjoy uninterrupted supply of petroleum products.
Kachikwu, who stated this during a facility tour of the Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Company, KRPC, said the refinery will get a turn around that will make it commercially sustainable.
He said: “All the component units of the refinery, including the FCCU and the fuel section, will be fully rehabilitated for resumption of crude supply to the plant.
“You will soon have a different company; we must do all it takes to make this company a success.”
He stressed the need for the establishment of more refineries, especially in view of the low refining capacity of the country, adding that NNPC is planning to build additional refineries.
He said: “I am pushing to build new refineries next to our existing plants to boost the nation’s refining capacity for the common good.
“The new refineries will be developed by private investors and NNPC’s role will be just to provide them with space close to the existing refineries to enable them share key facilities such as pipelines and storage facilities.”
This was even as NNPC stated that it had lifted the embargo earlier placed on 113 vessels, banning them from engaging in crude oil and gas loading activities in any of the terminals within Nigerian territorial waters.