The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Group financial report has shown that the corporation incurred a total loss of N120.07bn in the months of August and September.
Specifically, it stated that NNPC’s revenue in August was N146.617bn, while its expenses were put at N207.287bn. For September, the corporation’s total expenses were N171.914bn, while its revenue for the same month was N112.514bn.
An analysis of the report showed that the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the NNPC, incurred the highest amount of losses in the two months under review.
Bear in mind, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had during his screening as a minister by the Senate stated that non-performing refineries would be shut down at the expiration of a 90-day performance deadline given them by the oil firm.
“What I have clearly as a mandate will be that at the end of December when the 90 days is up, we will sit down and say which one of the refineries has shown the capacity to consistently perform at levels that make optimum sense.
“And those ones we will let to continue. We will look at management issues and tidy them up and procurement issues and tidy them up as well. But those that are not, we will have to shut down and do complete maintenance.
“I’ve given a 90-day programme, which is working, and I’m glad that over the last few weeks, Port Harcourt, for example, has come out of the albatross and is producing right now at about 67 per cent capacity. Our target is to grow Port Harcourt to about 70 to 75 per cent capacity by the end of the year. Warri is beginning to signal that there is a likelihood that it will come on stream.
“If any refinery produces below 60 per cent, then it is not production. Because the performance capacities of refineries worldwide are in the 90 per cent and above categories, and that is when you begin to make yields. That is when it can be said to be a profitable refinery,” Kachikwu stated.