Port Harcourt Refinery resumes operation after 4 years

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has said that it has completed the mechanical phase of the turnaround maintenance at the Port Harcourt refinery in Rivers State.

This was announced by the spokesperson of NNPC, Femi Soneye, on Thursday 21st December.

According to Soneye, the national oil company has finally delivered on its promise.

This means that the repairing of the refinery’s equipment and systems has been done.

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According to energy expert, Jide Pratt, with the completed phase, the mechanism and mechanics of the refinery is satisfactory and has been “switched on”.

“To do this, it is assumed the electrical work should also be done so they can fire on and test,” he told TheCable.

“The next stage would be to feed crude gradually and begin refining.”

“I do doubt though if the refinery efficiency and yield being revamped would be more than 60% max in my opinion”.

The Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) operates two refineries; the old refinery with a 60,000 barrels per stream day (bpsd) capacity and the new refinery with an installed capacity of 150,000 bpsd.

The federal government had earlier promised the facility would begin operations this month after failing to fulfill similar promises severally.

The refinery was shut down in March 2019 for the first phase of repair works after the Federal Government secured the service of Italy’s Maire Tecnimont to handle the scoping of the refinery complex, with oil major Eni appointed technical adviser.

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