23rd November, 2010
Nigeria’s 110,000 barrel per day (bpd) Kaduna refinery has shut down after the crudeÂ oil pipeline feeding the facility was damaged, two trade sources said on Monday, inÂ the latest example of sabotage to oil infrastructure in the country.
“There was some vandalism on the crude line,” said a source with direct knowledge ofÂ the refinery’s operations.
He added that it has been shut for at least a week, but the Nigerian NationalÂ Petroleum Corporation, NNPC declined to comment.
Nigeria has total refining capacity of 445,000 bpd but have never reached fullÂ production because of sabotage and operational failures.
The Kaduna refinery runs on crude oil imported by pipeline from Chevron’s EscravosÂ oil terminal.
A second trade source said the other three refineries in Nigeria are running atÂ around 60 per cent of capacity, leavingÂ total estimated production at aroundÂ 200,000 bpd.
Although Nigeria is a top African top oil producer, it imports some 85 perÂ cent ofÂ its oil product needs, mainly from European suppliers.
A subsidiary of oil firm NNPC has issued an import tender for between 15-20 gasolineÂ cargoes for December delivery.