The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the current daily production of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) is at a 10 year high of over 2.5 million litres of petroleum products.
Group Executive Director, Refining and Petrochemicals of the corporation, Philip Chukwu, told reporters at the end of a facility tour of the plant that the new capacity was achieved through the industry of both the KRPC management and engineers in line with the ‘Refineries-Lights-on’ initiative recently announced by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The initiative was designed to keep the refineries in effective operations mode before the commencements of the scheduled comprehensive turn around maintenance cum rehabilitation.
Mr. Chukwu, who described the feat as “something close to a miracle”, saying the increase in the refinery’s production capacity from very low level to about 30 million litres of premium motor spirit (PMS) per day today is quite commendable, adding that he hopes the staff would continue to perform the way they have done so far.
“The implementation of the Lights-on- scheme via quick intervention and speedy repairs has ensured that for the first time in 14 years, the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCU) of the three refineries are in operation simultaneously,” M. Chukwu said.
KRPC Managing Director, Bolanle Ayodele, noted that the increase in PMS production was achieved after the successful re-streaming of the FCCU as well as the Crude Reform Unit (CRU) of the refinery.
“The FCCU was re-streamed on the 5th of February, 2012 and has operated steadily since then,” Mr. Ayodele said. “The CRU, which was shut down late November 2011 for re-tubing of the combined feed/reactor effluent heat exchangers, was re-streamed on the 31st of March 2012’. With the units in operation, the plant’s gasoline production has improved from 1.5 million litres per day to above 2.5 million litres per day and still counting.”
The new PMS production volume, he said, was attained after seven failed attempts at re-streaming the FCCU previously.
He called on the management of the corporation to help tackle some challenges facing the smooth running of the plant, including lack of imported paraffinic crude for the lubes plant, non-availability of reliable crude stock, inadequate funds to support operations, among others.