The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, said the country will still rely on 75 per cent importation of fuel throughout the whole of next year.
Group Managing Director NNPC and Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, stated this during his tour of Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company, KRPC.
According to him, “the future is that, Nigeria is still going to import fuel in 2016 and beyond. Best case situation is 25 per cent local and 75 per cent importation. Worse case is what we are experiencing now.
“Until we begin to get individuals who can co-relocate, we are going to be doing a mixture of local and importation of fuel to meet up demands. In the next few weeks, however, queues will disappear in fuel stations.”
The minister affirms that the Kaduna refinery, in no time, will be producing more than two million litres per day capacity as soon as an Fluid Catalytic Cracking, FCC, unit is fully on stream.
He said: “We need to get it back to re-kit it to work well. We will do that with some level of production going on. Our concern is to have a consistent production and provision of products at all times.”
On subsidy and pricing, Kachikwu said: “We will not be fluctuating prices, we will take an average. Today no subsidy, in January we will look at the situation and announce it.”
On privatization, he said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has not approved any policy about selling the refineries.”