The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has ‘temporarily’ shut down its 125,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Warri after gas turbine generators that supply power to the plant tripped off.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen at an oil conference in Abuja, NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in charge of refineries Mr. Anibor Kragha, said that presently, only the Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries are working, though far below their installed capacity.
Kragha revealed that the two refineries are producing about five million litres of Automotive Gasoline Oil, AGO, as well as Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, and Household Kerosene, HHK.
He further added that the Corporation has mobilized power firm, General Electric (GE) to rectify the problem in its Warri refinery.
The refinery had only in January resumed production after its Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) was revved up allowing it to refine 2 million litres of kerosene and 3 million litres of diesel daily.
“We have shut down to make sure that we address that properly,” Kragha added but didn’t specify how long the plant will be down.
He said: “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.”