The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) through Kennie Obateru, the company’s Public Affairs Division Group General Manager, has announced that the rehabilitation of Port Harcourt Refinery Complex in River state is making progress and that the facility would start partial operation in September 2022.
This announcement comes barely three months after the Nigerian government’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) awarded Tecnimont SPA, a contract to carry out the rehabilitation works of the said refinery.
Mr. Obateru however stressed that the entire rehabilitation program would be over in 44 months as announced earlier.
“As we said earlier, the rehabilitation works will be completed within 44 months from April this year, when the contract was awarded. But, by the time we reach the 18 months mark, a section of the refinery will be operational. The total rehabilitation job, which would allow the facility to reach its full capacity, will be completed in 44 months,” he affirmed.
Port Harcourt Refinery
The Port Harcourt refinery complex is 210,000 barrels per day conversion plant that is operated by the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) Limited, a subsidiary of the NNPC.
The complex is made up of two refineries located at Alesa-Eleme, Rivers State. The old refinery (a hydro skimming refinery) has a refining nameplate capacity of 60,000 barrels per day and it was commissioned in 1965, while on the other hand, the new plant (a full-conversion refinery) has a nameplate capacity of 150,000 barrels per day and it was commissioned in 1989.
The entire complex utilizes bonny light crude oil to produce Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), premium motor spirit (PMS), Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO), and High Pour Fuel Oil (HPFO).
However, the complex barely reaches its nameplate capacity hence the rehabilitation project. Upon completion, the project will restore the complex to a minimum of 90% of its nameplate capacity.