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Port Harcourt refinery undergoing rehabilitation – NNPC

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Olisemeka Obeche (With Agency reports)
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that the rehabilitation of the two Refineries was still ongoing.
Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the group general manager, group public affairs division who made the disclosure in Abuja, on Monday said the rehabilitation was part of government’s effort to get the working, adding that the consultant and the contractors engaged by the NNPC were still on ground working.
“The rehabilitation effort in the is still on and the contractors are there with the consultants and ENI is equally there. As we said earlier, we are funding the rehabilitation from internally generated revenue, because all our effort to get external financiers did not work because their terms were not in terms with what we expected,’’ he said.
The first refinery in was commissioned in 1965 to process 60,000 barrels of oil per stream day (bpsd), as well as the second plant commissioned in 1989, which has a capacity of 150,000 bpsd. Both refineries have a combined capacity of 210,000 barrels per stream day making it the biggest oil refining company in Nigeria. They both had the last Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) in 2000.
According to Ughammadu, the contractors were still working within the time frame and might conclude what they were doing before the given time frame. “Our expectations are that after the rehabilitation of the Port , we will kick-start that of the other two refineries. We just want to use the as an example,’’ he added.
Recall that in March 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Italian oil giant, ENI and NNPC in Rome. In the MoU, ENI was committed to the refurbishment of the Port .
Also, in March 2019, the former Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru led the Federal Government delegation to inaugurate the rehabilitation of . He said that the rehabilitation would be in two phases, adding that both the ENI and the original builders would participate in the process.
According to him, it is part of government’s effort to achieve 90 per cent local refining capacity.

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