Buhari reopens massive fuel depot in Enugu

The presidency has ordered a reopening of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) fuel depot in Enugu State.

The opening will go full stream by April 2017.

It is estimated the depot will restore over 3,000 jobs lost to the facility’s long inactivity.

The depot was installed so that it would receive supplies from the Port Harcourt Refinery.

The Enugu depot was built in 1979 and has an installed capacity of 12,000,000m/3.

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The fuel depot stores petrol, Dual Purpose Kerosene, and diesel.

It was originally built to serve Enugu, Anambra, Kogi, Ebonyi and parts of Imo, Benue, and Cross River states.

With over 500 marketers, it supplied six million liters of petrol, two million liters of kerosene and another two million of diesel daily.

Since its inactivity, marketers had resorted to sourcing products from Lagos, Warri, and Port Harcourt.

The National Coordinator, Anti-Pipeline Vandalism and Petroleum Products Adulteration, Prince Nexin Udoka Ahanonu, told reporters that the rehabilitation of the pipelines had almost been completed.

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“It has been work is in progress. In the past two weeks, we have been parading the pipelines.

“For more than 10 years now, we have not had a supply to this depot.

“It has seriously affected those of us operating the depot.

“We have lost many of our members due to the unavailability of products in Enugu depot.

“Many of us have gone bankrupt because some of us are using bank loans to do business.

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“After the depot was shut down, we have been going as far as Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Warri to source for products.

“In the process, most of us lost funds. Trucks were hijacked and what have you.

“Before the end of April next year, Enugu depot will start working,” he stated.