In its attempt to tackle the long queues in filling stations due to shortages of fuel, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has said that it has programmed to supply 100 million litres of petrol – via two cargoes – every day in February 2018 to boost supply.
The corporation in a statement issued on Thursday from its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja explained that two cargoes containing 50 million litres of petrol each would be brought into Nigeria every day in this month.
“The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has programmed to bring in two cargoes of petrol per day for the rest of February 2018 to boost supply.
“Each of the two cargoes is 50 million litres making a total of 100 million litres that will be brought in per day for the rest of February to increase supply and replenish strategic reserves,” the corporation said.
Despite the scarcity in Abuja which has refused to go away as queues continue to build up at service stations across the city’s districts, the NNPC said it discharged 45 million litres of petrol last Wednesday from ships into jetties across the country to enhance supply.
According to it, “Prior to the fresh 45 million litres discharge, there was 324 million litres of petrol on land and 432 million litres in marine storage making a total of 756 million litres, enough to last for 22 days at 35 million daily consumption rate.”
It listed the jetties that received the 45 million litres shipments to include Nacj – Apapa; Bop – Apapa; Techo Jetty – Lagos; Dutchess – Oghara; Vine Jetty – Calabar; Chipet Jetty – Lagos; and ECM Jetty – Calabar.
It added: “To ensure efficient distribution of the product to depots in the hinterland, the Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company (NPSC), a midstream subsidiary of the NNPC, has been mandated to fix relevant pipeline to facilitate seamless pumping, in addition to massive trucking arrangement that is in place.
“The corporation assures Nigerians that with the measures in place, the fuel queues being experienced in some cities would soon be a thing of the past.”