The Port Harcourt Refinery is poised to restart operations after receiving 475,000 barrels of crude oil from Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited.
In a statement, Shell highlighted the collaborative efforts between the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal (BOGT) and Port Harcourt Refinery Company (PHRC) teams, terming it a “significant achievement” and a “game-changer for the industry and the country.”
“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.
“The recommencement of crude oil supply from the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal to Port Harcourt Refinery is a significant achievement and a game-changer for the industry and the country. The intensive preparations, collaboration and dedication of both teams involved were instrumental in overcoming challenges and ensuring a safe and efficient supply operation.
“This milestone will support the government’s aspiration of steady supply of petroleum products to the downstream market and other associated benefits to the economy of the nation.”
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd confirmed the mechanical completion of rehabilitation work on Area 5 Plant of the PHRC, fulfilling its commitment to finish Phase One of the project by December 31, 2023.
Speaking during an inspection tour of the rehabilitation project, which also coincided with the 15th Refineries’ Rehabilitation Steering Committee Meeting, NNPC Ltd’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, noted substantial progress, with 84.4% completion of Area 5 Plant and 77.4% of the entire rehabilitation project as of December 15, 2023.