Port Harcourt Refinery To Start Operations July – IPMAN


May 21, 2024

The National Public Relations Officer, Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chief Ukadike Chinedu has disclosed that the 210,000-barrel-per-day Port-Harcourt refinery may finally commence operations by the end of July.

ADULAWO NEWS reports that new date was coming after several postponements.

Chinedu who disclosed this on Monday, stated that the development would stimulate economic activities, reduce the price of petroleum products and ensure adequate supply.
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ADULAWO NEWS recall that the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, on March 15, 2024, stated that the Port Harcourt refinery would commence operations in about two weeks.

The NNPC boss said this during a press briefing after he appeared before the Senate Ad hoc committee investigating the various turnaround maintenance projects of the country’s refineries.

He said, “We did a mechanical completion of the refinery that was what we said in December. We now have crude oil already stocked in the refinery. We are doing regulatory compliance tests that must happen in every refinery before you start it, and I assure you that this Port Harcourt refinery will start in two weeks.”

However, the machinery had yet to begin operations two months after he made the promise.
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The IPMAN official in an exclusive interview with The Punch, stated that the work done represented a complete turnaround, not just rehabilitation, emphasising that every effort would be made to meet the July deadline.

Ukadike said, “Yes when we visited the place, the MD told us that the refinery was almost ready and by the end of July, they would start producing. It has been turned into a new one they changed all the armoured cable to brand new and everything there is almost like a brand-new refinery.

“The turnaround on maintenance is very massive and the job is being done day and night. All hands are on deck to make sure that they meet that target. By ending of July the refinery should be ready.”

When reminded of several promises by the government to kick start the project, Ukadike replied, “Yes, there have been delays but they didn’t tell us any reason for the delay of the last deadline given in April.

“They are not facing any challenges at all; I can say the refinery is 99 per cent ready.

“What we want is competition. I am very sure that with the two refineries, the price of petrol will be reduced. Dangote is coming soon and the Port Harcourt refinery is almost ready too and that is very good. We need that competition for the benefit of the nation.”

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