The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that the three refineries under its management did not produce either fuel or kerosene in eight months.
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None of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, Port Harcourt Refining Company and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company produced refined white products (finished petrol and kerosene) from June 2019 till January 2020, according to latest statistics released by the NNPC.
The data revealed that the last time the refineries produced the finished product of either Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as fuel or petrol, or Dual Purpose Kerosene was in May 2019.
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The corporation explained that the shortfall in production occurred due to the rehabilitation of the refineries.
“No white product was produced in January 2020 and apparently for the past seven consecutive months.
“The lack of production is due to ongoing rehabilitation works at the refineries.”
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An analysis of the figures should that in January, February and March 2019, the refineries produced 45.5 million litres, 44.1 million litres and 44.1 million litres of petrol respectively.
Also, in the same first three months of last year, they jointly produced 36 million litres, 36.1 million litres and 38.2 million litres of the DPK respectively.
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But in April last year, their production of the PMS and the DPK crashed to zero, meaning that they refined no white product in that month.
In May 2019, they produced 9.1 million litres of petrol and 4.9 million litres of kerosene.
But from June last year till January 2020, no drop of petrol or kerosene was produced by the refineries, as they recorded zero all through the eight-month period.
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