The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Ibe Kachikwu, has given a 90 days ultimatum to the Management of the Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company, WRPC, to commence crude oil production at full capacity.
He made this statement at the end of facility tour of the refinery and the adjoining Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, jetty and depot in Warri, Delta State.
Mr Kachikwu, charged the management and staff of the corporation to ensure that the 125,000 barrels of crude oil per day plant is streamed back to full active service within the specified period. Stating that he is ready to provide the management of the facility, necessary support to enable them meet the required target.
In his words, he said: “whatever you need to do to get your refinery back on track, please do it now because this is the time. It is a 90-day fast-track programme and whatever you need me to do to make that happen, let me know.”
He also enjoined the management of the plant to resuscitate the petrochemicals plant, which was commissioned in March 1988.
Concerning the PPMC storage facility, Mr Kachikwu promised to end the era where the company rely heavily on private depots to store a bulk of its petroleum products.
He said: “some of the biggest storage facilities in this industry belong to PPMC. When I was growing up in this industry, we all got our products from PPMC. In fact, the fear of PPMC then was the beginning of wisdom.”
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