Nigeria to cut maximum sulfur in gasoline, diesel - NNPC

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) -

* Nigeria will begin slashing the maximum amount of sulfur in its imported fuels a year after its initial targeted deadline to do so, state oil company NNPC said in a presentation

* West Africa's most populous nation, and its biggest fuel consumer, will cut the sulfur allowed in imported diesel to 50 ppm, from the current maximum of 3,000 ppm, by July 1

* It will phase in more costly reductions to gasoline sulfur level, moving to 300 ppm from 1,000 ppm by October 1 and to 150 ppm by October 1, 2019

* Nigeria's own oil refineries will have until 2021 to meet the new sulfur levels, according to the presentation by Anibor O. Kragha, NNPC's chief operating officer of refineries and petrochemicals (Reporting by Libby George; editing by Jason Neely)