Nigeria refineries
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Nigeria’s refineries would become functional before the end of 2019, Minister of State for Petroleum Ibe Kachikwu has said.

Kachikwu revealed this on Thursday in Ibigwe-Ohaji in Ohaji\Egbema council area of Imo during the ground-breaking for construction of the 5,000 BPD Modular Refinery by Walter Smith petrochemical limited.

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“It would be sad if by the end of 2019 we are still importing fuel from abroad,” the minister added.

“So, we are committed to repairing the refineries; by that, we can at least process about 500,000 barrels of crude per day.

“The policy of this administration is `go back to refining about 20percentt of our crude which will move to 50percentt in the next five years’.