By Abimbola Fashakin, Lagos
The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stated that it has imported about 38.7million litres of Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK) aviation fuel into the country to ensure what it termed hitch free Christmas holiday.
According to the NNPC, the aim is to ensure about 26-day sufficiency and to also ensure a hitch-free air travel across the country during and after the yuletide period.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the step was taken to forestall shortage of the product, a situation that had recently led to reported cases of flight delays and cancellations across the nation’s airports.
According to the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu in a statement , Baru said in the build-up to the yuletide period, the Corporation had exceeded the demand of marketers.
The GMD explained that the NNPC had imported about 38.7million litres of aviation fuel which represented about 26-day sufficiency.
Specifically, he continued, on December 14, 2016, the Corporation completed the discharge of 8,800MT which represented about 10.6million litres to major terminals in the country.
In addition, as at this morning (December 19, 2016), 23,500MT which represented about 28.2million litres was being discharged to the major oil terminals.
In order to sustain the tempo, the Corporation had also secured the supply of additional 30,000MT vessel of ATK which represented about 36million litres expected to berth Nigerian shores before the end of the year.
Furthermore, NNPC wishes to state that it has over 40-day sufficiency for PMS and adequate volumes of AGO and DPK to satisfy national demand throughout the yuletide period and beyond.
The GMD further assured Nigerians that the NNPC would sustain the drive towards ensuring availability of petroleum products at all times.