The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mele Kyari, has blamed pipeline vandalism for the shutdown of the nation’s four refineries.
Speaking on a Channels Television programme, ”Politics Today”, Kyari said the refineries’ shutdown was unavoidable as they could no longer be fed with crude oil due to pipeline vandalism. He said: “That means you’re not able to deliver crude oil to them to operate to the maximum of their capacity.
“Secondly, what you call rehabilitation is different from turnaround maintenance (TAM). TAM is a routine endeavour. When you talk about rehabilitation, that means you have colossal loss of capacity in the refineries. It means you’ve not done TAM properly, you’ve not replaced parts and when due and it has gotten to a point where you’re not able to operate the refineries in the full installed capacities.
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