Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, has issued a promising update regarding the ongoing revitalization of the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemicals Company Limited (KRPC).
This exciting development was announced during the Minister’s recent inspection tour of the refinery in Kaduna, where he assessed the progress of the ongoing quick-fix project.
Senator Lokpobiri conveyed his strong confidence that the Kaduna Refinery will be back in operation by the end of 2024, citing the significant progress he observed during the inspection. He emphasized the critical importance of this project for the nation’s economic growth and energy security.
During the visit, Minister Lokpobiri pledged the full support of the Federal Government to ensure the timely completion of the project and stated his commitment to holding all parties involved in the rehabilitation accountable.
Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd., also provided assurance that the refinery’s fuel plant will be operational by the end of 2024. Kyari highlighted the collaborative efforts underway, including the contractor’s mobilization to the site and the availability of necessary equipment for the quick-fix operations.
Kyari explained that the initial phase of the project aims to process 60,000 barrels per day, paving the way for the facility’s return to full operational capacity. He also noted the importance of completing the Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT) pipeline project to enhance reliable delivery infrastructure.
The inspection tour, which followed the 14th Refineries Rehabilitation Steering Committee Meeting, featured key industry figures, including Adedapo Segun, Executive Vice President, Downstream, and Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, Executive Vice President, Upstream, alongside the Managing Directors of the three refineries and other committee members.
This concerted effort demonstrates a commitment to revitalizing the Kaduna Refinery and contributing to the nation’s sustainable development and energy security.