Turnaround maintenance of Nigeria's Kaduna refinery to begin in January

Dec 24, 1997 01:00 AM

Officials from Total and Nigeria's Ministry of Petroleum Resources have concluded negotiations to start turnaround maintenance of Nigeria's 110,000 bpd Kaduna refinery in January.
Petroleum Resources Minister chief (Dr.) Dan Etete did not disclose the cost of the work.
The minister also said "studies and discussions have already started" on the 125,000 bpd plant in Warri, in the southwest, and the 60,000 bpd and 150,000 bpd refineries in Port Harcourt, in the southeast.
Etete said turnaround maintenance for the Warri and Port Harcourt plants had been tentatively fixed for March and June.
The Kaduna refinery, in the northern part of the country, last underwent turnaround maintenance in 1992, while the Warri and Port Harcourt plants went through the same exercise in 1994.
Etete expressed regret at the problems in the country's petroleum product supply, noting that the on-going import of products was aimed at "supply guarantee."
The minister said refineries in the countrywould have independent budgets from next year. The present arrangement is that they come under the budget of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The group chairman of the petroleum and natural gas senior staff association of Nigeria, Asuquo Inuikim, and NNPC branch secretary Ayuba Ibrahim, said in a statement that "turnaround maintenance on the four refineries would require an estimated $ 200 million, with the Kaduna plant costing only $ 42 mm.
They noted that 85 % of materials and spare parts required for work at the Kaduna plant was already in the company's warehouse.

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