The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has recommissioned the Escravos-Warri-Kaduna pipeline.
Kachikwu said with the repair completed, both Warri and Kaduna refineries are now receiving crude simultaneously for the first time in many years.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mallam Garba Deen Muhammad, in a press statement quoted Dr. Kachikwu as saying that Warri has started working, while Kaduna will start production at the end of the month.
The Minister noted that this means that for the first time in many years, all the three refineries and major crude pipelines will be working at the same time.
Dr. Kachikwu stated that Escravos terminal is the heart beat of the downstream sector of the industry and critical to local supply of finished petroleum product as both refineries in Warri and Kaduna are majorly fed from Escravos crude stock.
“The challenge of this country is the challenge of focus and stewardship. For the first time in many years the three refineries are going to be working and it will help in a great deal with the issue of fuel supply and distribution across the country and it will go a long way to manage the fuel crisis,” Dr. Kachikwu said.
He enjoined Nigerians to be more patient as the Corporation is working hard to end fuel shortage across the country.
“I appreciate the patients of Nigerians and I am committed and focused to make petrol available to all nooks and crannies of Nigeria,” the Minister reassured.