Nigeria’s refineries, located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna, will become operational and refine crude oil at optimum capacity by 2022, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has assured.
Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr Mele Kyari, gave the assurance Saturday during a facilities tour of the Port-Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company (PHRC).
He said full rehabilitation of the plants would commence by January, 2020.
Kyari said making the refineries to operate at optimal capacities was a mandate that NNPC as a corporation would leave no stone unturned to actualize, adding that a timely delivery of the asset was a priority.
He said the NNPC and other stakeholders will do everything possible between October and December to close out all necessary conditions to enable the timely delivery of the project.
“We will stick to time, we will deliver this project by 2022. We will commence actual rehabilitation work in January. I believe that with the support we have from the stakeholders it is doable,” Kyari said.
Tasking the contractors on the need to consider their reputation as most critical element in business processes and engagements, Kyari added, “It’s no longer about business but a reputational issue. For the original builders of the refinery, Tecmmont, Eni/NAOC and NNPC, let us be conscious of the fact that our reputation is at stake as far as this project is concerned.
“The NNPC leadership has promised this country that our refineries will work, therefore, we must work not to disappoint over 200million Nigerian stakeholders”.
The NNPC boss also challenged the PHRC management to ensure that the nation’s indigenous engineers and other professionals working in the refinery are fully engaged to participate actively during the rehabilitation exercise and own the process.
According to the GMD, the involvement of the indigenous workers will build capacity, save cost and introduce an era of steady and uninterrupted production curve that will grow the oil and gas industry.
In his presentation on the progress and milestones on Phase 1 of the projects, Tecmmont Project Manager, Mr. La Mattina Carmelo, informed that the inspection aspect of the project has progressed to 91percent and Final Report and EPC Proposal stood at 75percent, adding that his company would deliver the first phase of the rehabilitation within three weeks from now.
Similarly, the project consulting company, Eni/NAOC, represented by its project manager, Daniele Tamburini, confirmed that the work done so far by the NNPC and Tecmmont complied with global standard.
Tamburini said his company was ready to receive the full report of the scoping for final assessment and support the corporation to deliver the project in record time.
Despite previous promises of rehabilation, the refineries have continued to operate at less than 20percent installed capacity leaving the country to export it’s crude oil and import refined products.