The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is exploring the possibilities of piping crude oil from the Republic of Niger to be refined at the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (KRPC) in Kaduna in nrthern Nigeria, says NNPC Group Managing Director Dr Maikanti Baru.
Disclosing this during a town hall meeting with management and staff of KRPC in Kaduna on Sunday, he added that President Muhammadu Buhari was personally committed to the project.
Stressing the importance for Nigeria to explore alternative crude supply for the KRPC, which had been affected by vandalism of pipelines and obsolescence, he said the initiative to bring in crude from northern neighbour Niger would reduce downtime of the refinery and ensure its optimal utilisation.
“Due to challenges with the aged refinery and crude oil pipelines which had been breached severally, the operations of the refinery has been epileptic. This we are determined to resolve through various intervention methods including evaluation of alternative crude oil supply from Niger Republic through building of a pipelines of over 1, 000 kilometres from Agadem (in Niger) to Kaduna. That effort is being championed by Mr President himself,” he said
He said the NNPC had already started engagements with the Nigerien Minister of Petroleum and the Chinese operators of the oilfield at Agadem.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK