By Emmanuel Ajibulu
House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream embarked on an oversight visit to Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC, through a delegation led by the Committee Chairman, Honourable (Comrade) Joseph Akinlaja.
The oversight function came at a time the KRPC resumed crude oil pumping after a disruption that was caused by a pipeline fire at Aku, near Lokoja, Kogi State.
Idi Mukhtar, Managing Director of the company, disclosed this to members of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Downstream, who visited the facility.
The pipeline transports crude oil from Warri in Delta State to Kaduna. The fire, believed to have been set by vandals, caused damages to the pipeline at Aku near Lokoja, Kogi State.
“The good news is that the lines have limited damages and crude oil pumping has resumed as production continues,”the MD said.
Mukhtar said the major challenges facing the refinery were disruption of crude oil supply and the activities of vandals.
He said another challenge is that the refinery is still running on analogue equipment.
The Chairman of the visiting House Committee, Akinlaja, frowned at Nigeria’s continued importation of petroleum products.
“It is a shame from my point of view to have crude oil in Nigeria and begging to import over 80% of petroleum products,” he said.
He also decried the vandalism of pipelines in parts of the country.