Nigerian fuel supply to improve with re-production of Port Harcourt Refinery

Aug 04, 2000 02:00 AM

The continuing running-short of fuel supply in Nigeria will be much improved with the re-production of the Port Harcourt Refinery in the southern River state following a turn-around maintenance, a senior government official said.
Jackson Gaius-Obaseki, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, said the Port Harcourt Refinery, currently under production at 91 % installed capacity, would be fully operational by mid-August. The re-production would ease off the fuel shortage in eastern parts of the country, he said. However, the official said the importation of fuel would continue until all refineries go into full operation.
He called on his fellow Nigerians to be patient because the turn-around maintenance campaign being effected in the country's refineries needs to be done properly. He also appealed to oil-producing communities to assist the NNPC to arrest the pipeline vandalisation by enlightening the people on the risks concerned.

Nigeria is the biggest oil-producing country in Africa with a daily output of over 2 mm barrels, but it has to depend on the importation of fuel to meet the domestic market because of the collapse of three of the country's four refineries.

Source: Xinhua via Newspage
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