The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that the nation’s three refineries will function optimally come 2017 as it is set to embark on a comprehensive rehabilitation of the refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna respectively.
Speaking at the Annual General Meetings (AGMs) of the three refineries in Abuja yesterday, the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Refineries of the NNPC, Mr. Anibor Kragha, said the Corporation was determined to move away from the approach of quick fixes and undertake a comprehensive revamp of the plants.
He said once the exercise was achieved, the refineries in due course would draw up a chart for routine Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) programme as at when due.
On the earlier plan to have other refineries co-located with the existing refineries, Kragha said though the plan was still on course, none of the projected co-location refineries would come on stream next year based on existing timeline for the assemblage of the plants.
On the plan by Port Harcourt Refinery to commence the production of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATK) for domestic consumption, the COO said the refinery was a few steps away from hitting the mark.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu in a statement quoted Kragha as saying: ‘We are very close; we have done tests with some of the key marketers. We have achieved all the parameters; we just want to be 110 per cent certain’.
Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company, Mallam Idi Mukhtar Maiha, said the plant was assiduously working towards a target of 75 percent capacity utilisation in the New Year based on projected supply of one cargo of crude oil per month.
The Managing Director of Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company, Solomon Ladenegan, in his presentation during said despite the hostile operating environment fraught with incessant cases of pipeline vandalism and outright product theft, the refinery was looking forward to better days ahead.