What The NNPC And The FG Would Never Tell You About The Kaduna Refinery
AS hopes rise that Nigeria’s refineries may come on stream by December, details are emerging that the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) may not be among them, and may even need to be ‘scrapped.’
Chief among the reasons, The Guardian learnt, is because the refinery would not meet expected parameters of operation should it depend on feedstock from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
It was also learnt that the KRPC runs on ‘obsolete analogue technology and is not fit to refine Nigeria’s light crude,’ as against what obtains at Warri and Port Harcourt refineries, both of which operate advanced refining technologies.
Former Presidential Adviser on Petroleum Matters, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, in an interview with The Guardian, said the Kaduna refinery has bad features, which are never discussed, especially the fact that Nigeria would have to import heavy crude from Venezuela to refine at the facility, because the country’s light crude is incompatible with the refinery’s technology.