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Nigeria’s refineries ready for optimal utilisation 2016

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Joseph Dawha, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has raised hope that the nation’s refineries will be back and ready for optimal utilisation in the first quarter of 2016. Dawha, who made the revelation before the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), on Thursday also hinted that the NNPC has discarded the former arrangement of turn around maintenance (TAM).

Speaking during the 2015 budget defence, Dawha assured that all the four refineries would be performing at 90 percent capacity by 2016. “The refineries will work again at full capacity. We have plans to bring back the refineries to full capacity. By the first quarter of 2016, all the four refineries in Port Harcourt (two of them), Warri and Kaduna will be ready to refine at optimal capacity,” Dawha said. Dawha, who explained why the NNPC had to abandon the initial TAM programme, said that the corporation has reverted to local engineers.

He revealed that each time the builders were told to come for maintenance, they would recommend other companies.
He said, “Back in 2011, the strategy then was to use the original builders of the refineries to bring them back into full use. But they all declined the offer. “Instead, they (builders) would recommend other companies for the maintenance work. At the end of the day, the companies that were recommended would come with outrageous prices for the maintenance.

“So, we discarded the former idea and arrangement of turn around maintenance. Now, we have reverted to using our local engineers,” he added.
Also speaking, Tim Okon, the coordinator, corporate planning and strategy of the NNPC, assured that the country would be producing about 400,000 of refined petroleum products everyday when it completes the current rehabilitation of the three refineries in the country by the first quarter of 2016.
He said while the Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries were built by two Japanese firms, Chioda and JGC, the Warri Refinery was built by Snapcogetti of Italy.