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Port Harcourt Refinery To Begin Operations As Shell Supplies 475,000 Barrels Of Oil



Port Harcourt Refinery

Following Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited’s delivery of 475,000 barrels of crude oil, THE Port Harcourt Refinery is scheduled to begin operations.

This is the first crude oil supply in a few years, mostly because of the plant’s poor condition, which necessitated recent testing and repair to guarantee that it was ready for long-term operations.

“This significant milestone was made possible through intensive preparations, collaboration, and the dedication of the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal, BOGT, and Port Harcourt Refinery Company, PHRC teams,” Shell stated in confirming the oil flow.

It was stated that the BOT operations and maintenance teams diligently carried out integrity and maintenance activities on the Oil and Gas Terminal, BOT Refinery export pumps, and associated instrumentations, as well as pressure and leak testing to ensure pipeline integrity by relevant subsidiaries of the NNPC Limited.

“It is a huge accomplishment and a paradigm shift for the nation and industry that crude oil supplies from the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal has resumed to the Port Harcourt Refinery. Overcoming obstacles and guaranteeing a safe and effective supply operation were made possible by the thorough planning, teamwork, and devotion of both teams.

“This significant achievement will bolster the government’s goal of maintaining a consistent flow of petroleum products to the downstream market and generating additional benefits for the country’s economy,” said Shell.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. has already declared that it has achieved the mechanical completion of the PHRC Area 5 Plant repair work, as promised.

It added that rehabilitation work has been proceeding at the Refinery for over two years and the NNPC Ltd. had undertaken to finish Phase One of the project (mechanical completion and flare start-up) of Old Port Harcourt Refinery (Area 5) by 31st December 2023.

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Speaking at the 15th Refineries Rehabilitation Steering Committee Meeting and during an inspection tour of the rehabilitation project, Mr. Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd., stated that as of December 15, 2023, 77.4% of the rehabilitation project had been completed and 84.4% of the Area 5 Plant, a crucial part of the Refinery, had been completed.

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