The nation’s refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna will refine crude oil to its optimal capacity in 2022, Nigeria’s National Petroleum Corporation announced Saturday night.
The managing director of the NNPC group, Mele Kyari, who revealed it during a tour of the facilities of the refinery and petrochemical company of Port-Harcourt, said that the complete rehabilitation of the plants would begin in January 2020.
A statement by the group’s general manager, the Public Affairs group, Ndu Ughamadu, states that the NNPC helmsman’s visit to the refinery was part of his commitment to ensure that the nation’s refineries add value.
Kyari stated that running the refineries at optimal capacity was a mandate that NNPC as a company would leave no stone unturned to update, adding that timely delivery of the business was a priority.
He said, “We will stick to time, we will deliver this project by 2022. We will commence actual rehabilitation work in January. We will do everything possible between October and December to close out all necessary conditions for us to deliver on that project.
“I believe that with the support that we have from the shareholders – government of this country, the entire staff of this company and the contractors, I believe it is doable and we will deliver the project.”
He tasked the contractors on the need to consider their reputation as the most critical element in business processes and engagements.
Kyari said, “It’s no longer about business now, but a reputational issue. For the original builders of the refinery, Tecmmont, Eni/NAOC and NNPC, let us be conscious of the fact that our reputation is at stake as far as this project is concerned.
“The NNPC leadership has promised this country that our refineries will work, therefore, we must work not to disappoint over 200 million Nigerian stakeholders.”
He also challenged the PHRC management to ensure that the nation’s indigenous engineers and other professionals working in the refinery were fully engaged to participate actively during the rehabilitation exercise and own the process.