Group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari has stated that the nation’s refineries were deliberately shut down because operations were no longer sustainable.
This was disclosed by the NNPC GMD when he appeared before the house of representatives committee on petroleum resources (upstream) on Thursday in Abuja.
Noting that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, Kyari added that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through contracting process.
“For instance, to run the Kaduna and Warri refineries, you need to deliver 170,000 barrels of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.
He added that NNPC currently has only around 5,000 kilometres of pipelines with 13 fuel depots.
“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line, and also the Port Harcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced,” he said.
“We cannot flow product into these lines. The cheap one is to say they are aged, but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental and profound.
“At every point within a month, we fix 80 vandal points. The option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos.”
According to NAN, the GMD lamented the activities of vandals, noting that from January to June, the corporation lost petroleum product worth about N43 billion.
Kyari said to protect the pipelines, the NNPC had to engage the services of security agencies.
He also urged the house of representatives to urgently pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), as that would encourage investors in the sector.