Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has disclosed that the nation’s refineries were deliberately shut down because operations were no longer feasible.
Kyari disclosed this when he appeared before the Federal House of Representatives committee on petroleum resources (upstream) on Thursday in Abuja.
The GMD, who noted that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, added that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.
“For instance, to run the Kaduna and Warri refineries, you need to deliver 170,000 barrels of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said, adding that NNPC currently has only around 5,000 kilometres of pipelines with 13 fuel depots.
“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line, and also the Port Harcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced,” he said.
“We cannot flow the product into these lines. The cheap one is to say they are aged, but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental and profound.
“At every point within a month, we fix 80 vandal points. The option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos.”
According to NAN, the GMD lamented the activities of vandals, noting that from January to June, the corporation lost petroleum product worth about N43 billion.
Kyari also added that to protect the pipelines, the NNPC had to engage the services of security agencies.
He also urged the House of Representatives to urgently pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), as that would encourage investors in the sector.
Kyari further stated that by the end of December there would be hope for the Petroleum sector, adding that the NNPC would declare dividends to the Nigerian people.
He promised to run the corporation with transparency and accountability adding that the NNPC had published its audited report of 2018 and 2019, which according to him had not happened before.