The management of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the Warri Refinery is up and running and has no maintenance issues that requires its being shut down. This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Fidel Pepple, NNPC’s Acting Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division in Abuja.
“The clarification becomes necessary due to the report by a section of the media that the Warri Refinery has been shut down for a routine maintenance which will last for 21 days. There is no iota of truth in that report. The Warri Refinery is up and running. The day-to-day operations’ report from the refinery shows that it is producing at 63 percent of its installed capacity,” he said in the statement.
Pepple said that even on Christmas day when the report was ran by a national daily, the refinery was running. “The plant has no immediate maintenance issues that will require it to be shut down for 21 days as reported”, the NNPC spokesman said. He urged members of the public to discountenance the report, even as he said that NNPC was doing everything within its powers to ensure an all-round availability of petroleum products during the festive season.
Pepple also called on journalists to verify information with relevant authorities before going to press. He said wrong information could cause the panic-buying of fuel and aggravate the situation in the fuel supply and distribution chain. Many parts of the country, especially Abuja, have been experiencing fuel scarcity during the yuletide in spite of assurances from NNPC.