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Nigeria Petroleum Corporation Shuts Several Refineries

© AFP 2021 / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows workers trying to tie a pipe of the first refinery in Nigeria, which was built in 1965 in oil rich Port Harcourt, Rivers State
A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows workers trying to tie a pipe of the first refinery in Nigeria, which was built in 1965 in oil rich Port Harcourt, Rivers State - Sputnik International
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"Crude supply challenges arising from recent attacks on vital crude pipelines" led to the operational shutdown of the refineries of the Nigerian Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), according to the company's press release.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Nigerian Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) shut the Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries after a series of attacks on pipelines last week, the company said in a press release on Wednesday.

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According to the press release, "crude supply challenges arising from recent attacks on vital crude pipelines" led to the operational shutdown of the refineries on Sunday.

The Bonny-Okrika and Escravos Warri supply lines to the refineries have "suffered breaches" as a result of several last week's bombings.

Nigeria is Africa's biggest oil producer. Two refineries in the city of Port Harcourt are able to produce 210,000 barrels per day, while Kaduna refinery's daily production capacity stands at 110,000 barrels.

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