Kaduna Refinery will resume the production of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS (petrol), within the next three months, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) disclosed on Thursday.
A statement issued by NNPC in Abuja quoted the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu,as saying that 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 said this during a facility tour of the Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Company (KRPC).
According to him, 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.”