Lokpobiri and Kyari Conduct Inspection of Kaduna Refinery, Pledge Operations to Commence in 2024

admin October 29, 2023
Updated 2023/10/29 at 6:46 PM

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari, recently conducted a joint inspection tour of the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company.

The purpose of the tour was to assess the progress of the ongoing quick-fix project being carried out by Daewoo Engineering Construction Nigeria Limited. Additionally, the Minister and the NNPC CEO announced that the refinery is expected to resume operations by December 2024.

Prior to the inspection, they also attended a meeting of the Refineries’ Rehabilitation Steering Committee with other important stakeholders.

President Bola Tinubu has instructed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and NNPCL to fix Nigeria’s inactive refineries and initiate local crude oil refining. This directive is directly related to the ongoing project.

The Kaduna Refinery, which has a capacity of 110,000 barrels per day, is one of the dysfunctional refineries in Nigeria. Over the years, it has not produced any petrol, leading to heavy reliance on imported petroleum products.

In February 2023, the NNPCL signed an agreement with Daewoo Engineering and Construction Nigeria Limited, a Korean company, for the rehabilitation of the Kaduna Refinery. The refinery’s last maintenance was conducted around 15 years ago.

Following a steering committee meeting and refinery inspection, the Minister and the NNPCL GCEO reassured journalists that everything is being done to ensure oil refining begins on or before December 2024.

The GCEO reiterated their commitment to meeting the 2024 deadline for delivering crude stock. They confirmed that the contractor is now on-site and all necessary requirements to meet the expected date are on schedule.

The equipment is being received, and they are confident in securing appropriate financing for the project. The GCEO expressed optimism that the Kaduna Refinery will soon be operational again, bringing value to Nigeria.

They emphasized the need to reach 60% production capacity as a quick-fix measure to start generating revenue, while also working towards full capacity and a reliable pipeline delivery infrastructure.

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