Port Harcourt refinery to begin operation in July

Port Harcourt Refinery Recommences Operation After Years Of Shutdown

The Port-Harcourt refinery is scheduled to begin operations by the end of July.

Chief Ukadike Chinedu, National Public Relations Officer of the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, made the announcement on Monday.

He added that the development would boost economic activity, lower the cost of petroleum goods, and secure enough supply.

Last December, Heineken Lokpobiri, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, announced the mechanical completion and flare start-up of Port Harcourt’s largest oil refinery.

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The 210,000-barrel-per-day refineries are divided into two units: the old plant refines 60,000 barrels per day, while the new facility refines 150,000 barrels per day.

The refinery shut down in March 2019 for the first phase of repair works after the government secured the service of a technical adviser of Itay’s Maire Tecnimont to handle the reviews of the refinery complex, with oil major Eni appointed technical adviser.

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On March 15, 2024, it was reported that the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, stated that the Port Harcourt refinery would commence operations in about two weeks.

The NNPC boss disclosed 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.

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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.”

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