The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (KRPC) has revealed that it is incurring N2.2 billion in extra costs annually due to its inability to pipe water from the Kaduna River to generate power for the refinery.
Water from the river are also used as coolant for equipment and are deployed also to combat fire outbreak.
KRPC, which is owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said due to tapping activities of vandals on the pipeline the refinery now spends more money on diesel and other material inputs in the maintenance of its generators and other equipment.
A statement by NNPC in Abuja said KRPC Managing Director, Malam Idi Mukhtar explained in Kaduna, that the consumption of raw water from the tapped pipes by settlers who encroach KRPC premises was an unnecessary additional burden to the refinery industrial requirements, which must be resolved urgently by relevant state government agencies.
“Other form of the losses due to the act of illegal tapping of the refinery raw water pipeline is that it slows down the build-up rate of water in the reserve tanks which endangers the refinery, as the plant is expected to maintain a minimum level of water requirement that is considered safe for operations”, the Managing Director explained.
The statement added that the illegal acts are committed mostly in Janruwa, Kamazo, Namaigero and Mahuta areas of Kaduna metropolis, which are the communities along the raw water intake pipeline Right of Way.
Mukhtar said: “We require a particular amount of water sufficient enough to generate steam and other industrial consumption needs, but because of the incidents of illegal tapping of our water pipeline, we need to put more effort to meet our industrial requirements as well as satisfy appetite of illegal tappers.”
According to The Authority the Chief Executive advised illegal tappers of the refinery’s raw water pipeline to desist from the act, warning that the raw water was not fit for human consumption because it was untreated.