November 22, 2010 / 1:13 PM / 9 years ago

Nigeria's Kaduna refinery shut after pipeline damage

General view of the Tema oil refinery near Ghana's capital Accra March 28, 2005. REUTERS/Yaw Bibini

LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria’s 110,000 barrel per day (bpd) Kaduna refinery has shut after the crude oil pipeline feeding the facility was damaged, two trade sources said on Monday, in the latest example of sabotage to oil infrastructure in Africa’s most populous country.

“There was some vandalism on the crude line,” said a source with direct knowledge of the refinery’s operations.

He added that it has been shut for at least a week.

Nigeria’s state-owned oil company NNPC declined to comment.

The west African country has total refining capacity of 445,000 bpd but have never reached full production because of sabotage and operational failures.

The Kaduna refinery runs on crude oil imported by pipeline from Chevron’s Escravos oil terminal.

A second trade source said the other three refineries in Nigeria are running at around 60 percent of capacity, leaving total estimated production at around 200,000 bpd.

Although Nigeria is a top African top oil producer, it imports some 85 percent of its oil product needs, mainly from European suppliers.

A subsidiary of oil firm NNPC has issued an import tender for between 15-20 gasoline cargoes for December delivery.

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