Good News: Nigeria’s Refineries Begin Production Of Diesel, Kerosene

Nigeria’s three refineries have resumed production of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), otherwise known as diesel and kerosene respectively.

The refineries included that of Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri.

The development is expected to shore up for the scarcity of the products being experienced in recent times in different parts of the Country.

The Managing Director of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), Engr. Solomon Ladenegan, who spoke on the level of production, said the Warri plant had been doing well since the Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) was revved up on Saturday, 7 January, 2017.

According to him, the plant now refines 2 million litres of kerosene and 3 million litres of diesel daily.

“This morning, we have pumped the products to PPMC and they have started loading. They are going to load up to 1 million litres of DPK and AGO. The products are there in the tank and we are doing everything to get them to the market,” Engr. Ladenegan said.

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On his part, the Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Dr Bafred Enjugu, said Port Harcourt Refinery was producing 3 million litres of AGO daily, in addition to millions of DPK being churned out by the refinery daily.

Enjugu revealed that his operators were thrilled having rehabilitated the old Port Harcourt Refinery where production of AGO was being carried out by themselves without foreign expertise deployment.

Speaking on the Kaduna Refinery, an independent marketer, Alhaji Abubakar Usman Yahaya, of Yamoyus Nigeria Ltd who was at the PHRC Depot for loading, told newsmen that the refinery and the depot environment as positive, affirming that he and his co-marketers had access to PMS, AGO and DPK in sufficient quantities.

“I think this is because the refinery has started working”, Alhaji Yahaya stated.

Beside the products from the refineries, NNPC has made arrangements for additional supply intervention through direct import of PMS, AGO and DPK to sustain products availability across the country.

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