(NAN) – Port Harcourt refineries would begin to work optimally from October after a Turn-Around Maintenance (TAM), the NNPC has assured.
Mr Philip Chukwu, Group Executive Director (GED), Refining and Petrochemicals at the NNPC said this on Thursday in Port Harcourt during an inspection of the refineries with officials of Maire Tecnimont, the contractors which the Federal Government engaged for the TAM.
Chukwu who decried the lack of maintenance of the twin Port Harcourt refineries in the last 12 years, commended the Federal Government for engaging the original constructors of the refineries for the TAM, the Chiyoda Group of Japan.
“Everyone knows that the refineries have not been properly maintained over the years and we have had to manage things. What we are doing now is to have the TAM and complete rehabilitation of the refineries by the original contractors,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two Port Harcourt refineries which consist of the old refinery with capacity to process 60, 000 b/d and 150, 000 b/d, respectively, had been functioning at very low capacity with the old one non-functional because of lack of maintenance.
Mr Tony Ogbuigwe, Managing Director, Port Harcourt Refinery Corporation (PHRC) in his remarks after taking the contractors round the plants expressed optimism that the refinery would begin to work at 90 per cent capacity by November.
According to NAN, the management of Maire Tecnimont led by the Managing Director is due to sign the MOU with the Petroleum Minister, Dieziani Allison-Madueke and NNPC officials on Friday in Abuja. (NAN)