Sunday 24th September, 2017
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Refineries begin daily production to ease kerosene scarcity

Refineries begin daily production to ease kerosene scarcity

Following months of shortages of kerosene or Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday said its three refineries in Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri have resumed production of the product.

Kerosene, the most popular cooking fuel in Nigeria has in the past few weeks sold for N350 per litre at filling stations and N400 per litre at local shops.

High cost was blamed on the shortages from government and private suppliers.

NNPC in a statement in Abuja said the refineries have also resumed the production of diesel or Automotive Gas Oil (AGO).the plant now refines two million litres of kerosene and three million litres of diesel daily.

“This morning, we have pumped the products to PPMC and they have started loading. They are going to load up to one million litres of DPK and AGO. The products are there in the tank and we are doing everything to get them to the market,” Engr. Ladenegan disclosed.

On his part, the Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Dr Bafred Enjugu, said Port Harcourt Refinery was producing three million litres of AGO daily, in addition to millions of DPK being churned out by the refinery daily.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna Refinery has also roared into action, producing millions of litres of white products to ease out the situation in supply and distribution of petroleum products nationwide.