Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company, on Saturday restarted refining of crude oil after it was closed for months for repairs.
The managing director, Pipelines and Products marketing Company, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, said the Kaduna plant,which is currently undergoing a test run of its production lines, is expected to commence trucking of petrol by the end ofnext week.
“Kaduna refinery came back on stream on Saturday as scheduled and is running,” thePPMC boss said.
“PMS (Premium Motor spirit, also called petrol) should be available for trucking by the end of the week. The refinery is expected to produce an average of about 1.6 million litres of PMS daily once in full operation,” she said.
The refinery has the capacity to refine 110,000 barrels of crude oil a day.
The plant, which was closed in September, came back on stream ahead of the December deadline for Nigeria’s four refineries to return to full production.