The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at weekend said its refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna now supply 60 per cent of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), popularly known as kerosene, consumed in the country.
The corporation in a statement in Abuja said this was disclosed by its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru during a 2-day Investigative Public Hearing of the House of Representative Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream).
Represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Mr. Henry Ikem Obih, Baru, stated that the corporation’s three refineries were producing five million litres of kerosene daily representing more than 60 per cent of the national daily consumption requirement of eight million litres.
He explained that the balance of three million litres of the product was being imported by private petroleum products marketers.
He noted that kerosene and other petroleum products supplied by the corporation were of high quality and meet safety standards.
“The NNPC ensures that the entire refining output in Nigeria through its refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna and any products imported by it to make up for market supply-shortfalls meet the specifications of the Nigerian Institute of Standard (NIS) and Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON),” Dr Baru said.
He said NNPC would not compromise safety and quality in its products and processes, adding that all the depots in the country had laboratories for quality checks to ensure safety of consumers.
The GMD explained that in keeping with its avowed commitment to the safety of consumers, the Corporation investigated the recent incident of kerosene explosion in Calabar and could not trace the truck that delivered the adulterated product in any of its depots loading schedule.