After years of abandonment, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries have been successfully re-streamed after a nine months’ phased rehabilitation exercise conducted by its in-house engineers and technicians.
“Pumping of products through the system commenced on Monday upon successful completion of repair work over the weekend.
We also wish to call on all those engaged in the criminal acts of pipeline sabotage and oil theft to desist in order to avoid such horrendous deaths as was witnessed in the recent incident.”
A statement issued by the corporation revealed that while the PH refinery is ramping up its operation to about 60 percent of its 210,000 barrels per day name plate capacity, Warri refinery production is projected to hit 80 percent of its installed 125,000 bpd capacity.
It added however, that the phased rehabilitation strategy which entailed simultaneous rehabilitation of all the refineries using in-house and locally available resources in line with the Nigerian content law, also involved the use of original equipment manufacturer representatives to effect major equipment overhaul and rehabilitation.
With the successful re-streaming of these refineries, attention has now moved to the 110,000 barrels per day Kaduna refining and petrochemicals company which is billed to come on stream soon, said NNPC.