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Port Harcourt refinery set to restart operations in two weeks, says Kyari

Nigerian National Petroleum Company GMD Announces Milestone in Refinery Rehabilitation Efforts

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has disclosed that the Port Harcourt refinery is poised to recommence operations within the next two weeks, marking a significant step forward in the nation’s refinery rehabilitation program.

Speaking at a press briefing following his appearance before the Senate Ad-hoc Committee investigating refinery turn-around maintenance projects, Kyari provided updates on the progress of refinery rehabilitation efforts across the country.

“We are committed to serving this country with honour and dignity, ensuring that the promises we make regarding refinery rehabilitation are fulfilled,” Kyari asserted. “Mechanical works have been completed on the Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna refineries, with the Kaduna refinery slated to commence operations by December.”

Highlighting the milestone achieved, Kyari explained, “We have achieved mechanical completion of the refinery, as planned, and have already stocked crude oil in preparation for operations. The Port Harcourt refinery will undergo regulatory compliance tests in the coming weeks before resuming operations.”

Acknowledging ongoing efforts, Kyari affirmed, “Similar progress has been made on the Warri refinery, with regulatory compliance processes underway. As for the Kaduna refinery, we remain on track to meet our commitment for commencement by December.”

Providing further detail, Kyari revealed that over 450,000 barrels of oil had been stocked into the Port Harcourt refinery, signifying a crucial step towards operational readiness.

In response to concerns raised by Senate members regarding potential fraudulent practices in the Turn Around Maintenance projects, the Chairman of the Senate ad hoc panel, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, clarified that no evidence of foul play has been uncovered thus far.

“We are satisfied with the progress being made in the refinery rehabilitation efforts,” Senator Ubah affirmed. “Our committee will conduct site visits to all refineries to assess the progress firsthand and present a comprehensive report to the Senate.”

Echoing Senator Ubah’s sentiments, Senator Mpigi Barnada emphasized the importance of addressing security challenges in the oil-rich region to ensure the successful functioning of rehabilitated refineries.

As Nigeria navigates its refinery rehabilitation journey, stakeholders remain vigilant in ensuring transparency, accountability, and progress towards achieving energy self-sufficiency and economic prosperity.

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