NRC set to begin haulage of petroleum products by rail

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) will this week commence movement of petroleum products six years behind schedule.

It was learnt that the first trip for the haulage of the petroleum products will commence this week and the destination is Osun State. In 2012, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transportation, moved to revive the system of petroleum haulage by procuring 40 pressurised tank wagons that can take 1.8 million litres of fuel per train.

It was learnt that since the tank wagons were procured, the NRC has only been using them for its in-house operations; moving only diesel meant to power its engines. However, finally, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel as the corporation will this week commence movement of petroleum products for a third party company.

It was also gathered that discussions are ongoing between the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) to convince the marketers to begin to take advantage of the facilities on ground to move their products to all parts of the country.

Source: Daily Trust

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