By Sebastine Obasi
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and its downstream subsidiary, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, yesterday, assured Nigerians that the on-going maintenance work at Warri Refinery will not affect the supply of petroleum products, especially kerosene.
Mrs. Tumini Green, the Acting General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, said the corporation has enough stock of products to keep the country well supplied for the period the refinery will be under repairs. She said the reassurance was necessitated by reports in the media, insinuating that there might be a dislocation in the supply of petroleum products, especially kerosene, as a result of the maintenance work at the Warri Refinery and an alleged illegal directive to evacuate kerosene from the Warri Depot.
She said: “The corporation has enough petroleum products to keep the entire country wet until the repair of the unit that came down in Warri Refinery is effected. We also wish to clarify that there was no directive from any quarter, directing the allocation of kerosene to anyone and or a politician illegally, as reported by a section of the media. Petroleum products are sold in line with laid down sales policies and guidelines to marketers duly registered with PPMC.”
Throwing more light on the alleged illegal evacuation of kerosene from the Warri Refinery, Green explained that there was nothing illegal about the evacuation of kerosene by vessels as suggested by the report and that the vessel which belonged to a marketer registered with the PPMC was only loading its assigned cargo which the company had paid for since March, 2013.
“Warri Refinery is configured to evacuate kerosene and other petroleum products through trucking from the depot and by marine vessels through the jetties, just as some oil marketing companies take their assigned product by trucks.” she explained.