• Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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Contractor hands over PH Refinery FCCU weekend


refinery1lThe Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) of  the Port Harcourt Refinery, which is critical to the  production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS – petrol), has been  fully rehabilitated   and would be  handed  over  to the management of  the refinery this  weekend, the contractor handling the projects has said.

 The FCCU, according to the contractor – Chrome Oil Services, can now function to 95 percent of  its  throughput, thereby significantly reducing  the level of import.

 The completion of the FCCU rehabilitation is a major achievement towards addressing the issue of capital flight the country is currently experiencing through fuel importation, Bombey Adigbara, project manager, Chrome Oil Services, while giving an update on the state of the works carried out on the refinery so far.

He said the rehabilitation works  that  were ongoing  in the refinery  had necessitated the commencement  of preliminary production in the plant, saying unit one of the whole refinery plant,  which  comprise  of the  Crude Distillation Unit  (CDU), had started working after a long  time.

“As at the moment, we are still doing rehabilitation works and because  of this the refinery has started preliminary work. Unit one, which comprises  of the Crude Distillation Unit  (CDU), has started working after a long  time,  while unit  three which  is being handled by  Chrome Oil Services  has also been  completely rehabilitated and would be handed over to the  management of Port Harcourt Refinery this weekend,” he said.

Commenting on the turnaround maintenance  (TAM), which  his  company   did on the  refinery in  year 2000, he said it was true that  Chrome Oil Services,  in  conjunction with some  foreign  companies, did  the  job with a consortium formed – called Chrome Consortium where  Chrome Oil Services was  the lead  partner under  the  supervision of Shell Manufacturing Services.

Apart  from the  owners of  the equipment, Port  Harcourt  Refinery, there was an international  company  that supervised  the TAM and all  the  certificates were  certified by Shell Manufacturing  Services, a member of Shell Group, he said.

“Chrome Oil  Services,  having  done  a very  good  job during  the TAM, the refinery beckons on it  to stay back and continue to support  it to offer massive back-up maintenance till  this date,” he said.

The contractor has been the backbone of Port Harcourt Refinery without sounding immodest, and the major interventions and critical jobs have been done by  Chrome Oil Service, “in fact, the refinery is running  today because of  the intervention the company has been doing,” he said.

Usually,  TAM is done  every two years, the Chrome boss said, adding that it is like a  comprehensive overhaul of the plants, explaining that because refinery is a life  running  plant it does  not come down unless  there is a major fault.

“So, the last TAM was done in year 2000, and from that time to this time that rehabilitation is going on there was  no major TAM done. What this means is that the equipment are susceptible to major decay. What Chrome was doing was to  carve out  major  intervention for the refinery,” he disclosed further.

Another challenge that  faced  the refinery  was the issue of  power  generation.  He said the steam turbines and boilers  that were installed when the refinery was built  had problems because   of the quality  of water  going  into them, and for a long time there was no major overhaul carried out on them.

Chrome Oil Services, he said, was contracted to carry out major intervention, and it worked on these boilers to bring them to the level of serviceability and workability to be able to sustain the refinery.  “While we worked on those boilers, we also did some works on the process plants,” he said.

He said all the jobs carried out, their certificates of mechanical completions were duly signed by manager and engineering and technical services and confirmed by Shell  Manufacturing  Services representative and executive director operations Port Harcourt  Refinery.