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Port Harcourt refinery begins operation July - IPMAN official

Port Harcourt refinery begins operation July - IPMAN officia

The Port-Harcourt refinery, which has a capacity of 210,000 barrels per day, is expected to commence operations by the end of July after several delays.

Chief Ukadike Chinedu, the National Public Relations Officer of the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, disclosed the new date on Monday.

According to him, the development would stimulate economic activities, reduce the price of petroleum products and ensure adequate supply.

The IPMAN official emphasized that the work on the Port-Harcourt refinery represented a complete turnaround rather than just rehabilitation, and assured that every effort would be made to meet the July deadline.

“Yes when we visited the place, the MD told us that the refinery was almost ready and by the end of July, they would start producing. It has been turned into a new one. They changed all the armored cable to brand new and everything there is almost like a brand-new refinery.

“The turnaround on maintenance is very massive and the job is being done day and night. All hands are on deck to make sure that they meet that target. By ending of July the refinery should be ready,”Ukadike said.

“Yes, there have been delays, but they didn’t provide any reason for missing the last deadline set for April,” he said when reminded of the government's several promises to kick start the project.

“They are not facing any challenges at all; I can say the refinery is 99 percent ready.

“What we want is competition. I am very sure that with the two refineries, the price of petrol will be reduced. Dangote is coming soon and the Port Harcourt refinery is almost ready too and that is very good. We need that competition for the benefit of the nation,”he said.



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