Nigeria‘s Warri refinery in the Niger Delta has sufficient crude oil supplies to maintain current output despite a recent militant attack on its feeder pipelines, state-run NNPC says.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) sabotaged crude oil pipelines in southern Delta state on Sunday, the first militant strike against the oil industry since the military launched an offensive two weeks ago around Warri, Reuters reports.
US oil major Chevron confirmed one of its pipelines was breached, forcing it to shut 100,000 barrels per day of oil production. Some of that crude oil was believed to be for Nigeria‘s Warri refinery.
“There is no problem. They (Warri refinery) have enough supplies,” said NNPC spokesman Levi Ajuonoma, adding the 125,000 bpd facility was running at more than 70 percent of capacity.
Warri is one of four domestic refineries in Africa‘s most populous country. Only two refineries, Warri and Port Harcourt, were currently in operation, Ajuonoma said.
Refinery outages caused mainly by mismanagement and sabotage have forced Africa‘s top oil producer to depend on massive fuel imports for its domestic needs.
Nigeria‘s four oil refineries have a nameplate capacity of 445,000 bpd but have never operated at full capacity. Even if they did, they would produce only a fraction of the needs of its 140 million people.