P’Harcourt refinery’s maintenance to begin April – NNPC

| February 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

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The turn around maintenance on the Port Harcourt refinery will commence in April, according to the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Andrew Yakubu.

He said this on Tuesday while on a working visit to Arepo, Ogun State, where the corporation is currently clearing the Right of Way for its product pipeline.

The clearing project, which started earlier in the month, is expected to last for 90 days.

Yakubu said the contractors that would carry out the TAM on the refinery had been mobilised to site.

“The contractors have been mobilised to site, and by April, work will start,” he said.

The NNPC GMD also said that at the close of business last year, the Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Warri refineries were all functional and in optimal performance.

This development, he said, informed the urge to put things right as far as the protection of the corporation’s pipeline infrastructure was concerned.

“If you have the refineries working and there are no arteries (channels) to convey the product, you will still remain constrained,” Yakubu said.

The NNPC is currently clearing the Right of Way of the System 2B pipeline from Atlas Cove to Ibadan via Mosimi of thick forest and illegal structures.

Yakubu explained that new sets of pipes were being deployed to the site following the change in configuration of the existing ones, adding that the pipes would be buried deep enough to check unauthorised access.

Also speaking, the Managing Director, Pipeline and Products Marketing Company, Mr. Haruna Momoh, said the country currently had about 2.6 billion litres of products available for domestic consumption.

According to him, the NNPC has about 258 tanks of petroleum products of various capacities scattered all over the country.

In January 2013, the corporation described the frequent vandalism of the System 2B pipeline as worrisome, saying it was a major setback for the economy as the line remained a major artery for products’ supply in the country.


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