Port Harcourt Refinery Set to Resume Operations in April, Says Kyari

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Port Harcourt Refinery, the oldest in Nigeria, is set to resume operations in April, as announced by Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL).

In a statement, the NNPCL chief explained that mechanical works have been completed on the facility which has received over 450,000 barrels of crude following delivery from active lines.

Also,Kyari further disclosed that repair works at the Kaduna and Warri refineries are nearing completion, with the Kaduna refinery expected to commence operations in December.

Meanwhile,The Senate has dismissed allegations of fraud in the turnaround maintenance (TAM) of the nation’s refineries, providing reassurance about the integrity of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts.

This development comes three years after the approval of a $1.5 billion fund for the repair of the Port Harcourt refinery, a crucial investment in Nigeria’s oil infrastructure.

Despite being Africa’s top oil producer, Nigeria has long depended on imports of petroleum products due to insufficient domestic refining capacity.

However, with the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery and progress in the repair of other facilities, the country is poised to reduce its reliance on imports and bolster its energy independence.

The rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery will be conducted in three phases, according to the then Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva. The first phase aims to bring the refinery to 90% of its nameplate capacity within 18 months, signaling a swift and efficient turnaround in operations.

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Built in 1965, nine years after oil was discovered under the marshy soil and creeks of the delta where the Niger River flows into the Gulf of Guinea, the Port Harcourt refinery stands as Nigeria’s oldest refinery.

In the years that followed, refineries were built in nearby Warri and Kaduna in the North-Central region, while a new plant was added to the same site in Port Harcourt in 1989.

However, in recent years, these facilities have been more idle than operational.

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