The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited has said that test runs of the 60,000-bpd Port Harcourt refinery will be concluded this month.
According to Reuters, NNPC spokesperson, Femi Soneye, said, “Testing will conclude shortly, ensuring the refinery’s efficient operation. That phase will be completed this month,”
Soneye said that the test run was a major step towards resuming operations five years after the plant was shut.
BusinessDay reported in December that the $1.5 billion rehabilitation project was launched by the Buhari administration in 2019, to restore the aging refinery to its nameplate capacity of 210,000 barrels per day (bpd) and that the project is seen as a critical step towards boosting Nigeria’s domestic refining capacity and reducing its dependence on imported petroleum products.