April 20, 2024
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Nigeria’s NNPCL Announces Restart of Port Harcourt Refinery as Repairs of Two Others Nearing Completion

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, has announced that the Port Harcourt refinery is set to recommence operations in April.

Kyari stated that mechanical works on the facility have been completed, with over 450,000 barrels of crude already delivered.

Additionally, repair works at the Kaduna and Warri refineries are nearing completion, with the Kaduna refinery expected to begin operations in December.

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The rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery, approved three years ago with a $1.5 billion fund, aims to enhance Nigeria’s domestic refining capacity, reducing its reliance on imported petroleum products.

The refurbishment will proceed in three phases, with the first phase targeting 90% production capacity within 18 months.

Established in 1965, the Port Harcourt refinery is Nigeria’s oldest, reflecting the country’s oil-rich history.

However, in recent years, these refineries have operated below capacity.

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