By Ediri Ejoh
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has generated a revenue of about N383.969 million from the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited, WRPC and Port-Harcourt Refining Company Limited, PHRC between January and September, 2018.
In its recent financial report, the Corporation attributed the development to the ongoing revamping of the refineries, expected to further enhance the capacity utilisation of the plants.
It stated: “WPRC generated N9.21 million, N9.6 mn, N36.9mn, N6.68mn, N39.55mn, N23.25, N13.45mn, N8.67mn and N66.18 million, which totals N213.49 million, between January and September, 2018.
“Meanwhile, PHRC, which generated a revenue of over N170.479 million in the review period, had N27.069mn, N27.304mn, N3.638mn, N27.065mn, N19.530mn, N36.173mn, N18.54mn, N6.35mn and 4.81 million, between January and September, 2018.”
The report stated: “For the month of September 2018, only WRPC and KRPC produced 1.279 metric tonnes of finished petroleum products and 16,452MT of intermediate products out of the 1,279MT of crude processed at zero combined capacity utilisation compared to 3.02 per cent combined capacity utilisation achieved in the month of August 2018.
“The lower operational performance recorded is attributable to the ongoing revamping of the refineries which is expected to further enhance capacity utilisation once completed.”
It added: “The model takes cognizance of the products’ worth and crude costs. The combined value of output by the three refineries (at import parity price) for the month of September 2018 amounted to N1.44billion while the associated crude plus freight costs and operational expenses were nil and N8.41 billion respectively. This resulted to an operating deficit of N6.97 billion by the refineries.”
Recall that the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has expressed move by the Federal Government to fix Nigeria’s moribund refineries and make them work at full capacity in 2020.
Also, he said the refinery capacity will reach expected 1.1 million barrels per day in 2020.