The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has taken a giant step to ease the shortage of aviation fuel that had recently led to cases of flight delays and cancellations across the nation’s airports.
NNPC on Monday said it had imported about 38.7million litres of aviation fuel which represented about 26-day sufficiency.
The corporation in a statement by its spokesman Ndu Ughamadu said the measure was to ensure a hitch-free air travel across the country during and after the yuletide period,
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this development in Abuja said in the build-up to the yuletide period, the Corporation had exceeded the demand of marketers.
Specifically, he said that 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” the statement said.
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.