Nigerian petroleum officials are considering importing crude oil from Chad and Niger Republic to supply the Kaduna refinery in attempt to resolve Nigeria’s chronic petrol shortage crisis, informed Nigerian Watch.
Following the incessant attacks on the pipelines that feed the plant with Nigerian Bonny Light Crude, one NNPC official added that the corporation might refit the Kaduna refinery to be able to process Nigerien and Chadian crude grades. In addition, the company is also considering the option of using railway transportation to move crude to the refinery complex, Reuters reported. The other refineries in Nigeria are located in the southern Delta region, whereas Kaduna is in northern Nigeria. Niger is located to the north of Nigeria.
Despite being the world’s sixth largest crude oil exporter, Nigeria suffers from petrol shortages due to a combination of limited refining capacity and disruptions to petroleum supply. Nigeria’s crude production, which was 2.1mb/d at the start of 2016, fell by around a third in the summer following a series of attacks since January by Delta militants who want a greater share of the country’s energy wealth to go to the impoverished southern oil-producing region.