The resuscitation of Port Harcourt Refinery is bound to commence as the Federal Government is expected to receive the technical and commercial proposal for its turn-around maintenance (TAM). The Group Executive Director, Refining and Petrochemicals, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Tony Ogbuigwe, said the schedule for the TAM of the refinery has been firmed up.
He stated this in a keynote address he presented at the international conference on petroleum refining and petrochemicals organized by the University of Port Harcourt and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), with the theme: Sustainable Refinery Turn around Maintenance.
Ogbuigwe said the evaluation of the proposal would follow immediately and while the contract would be awarded by October. According to him, the contractors would move to site immediately in October and commence detailed planning and mobilization of manpower and heavy equipment that would be expected to last for about four months. The plant would be shut down in February 2013 and handed over to the contractor for the turn maintenance to be executed in about 45 days. It is expected that the country’s biggest refinery, with installed crude oil processing capacity of 210,000 barrels per day, should be back in operation by April 2013.
He expressed optimism that with the planned TAM on Warri and Kaduna refineries next year, three refineries would at 90 per cent installed capacity and the daily production of petroleum products would be expected to improve to 20.3 million, 9.24 million and 15.36 million litres of premium motor spirit, kerosene and automotive gas oil respectively.