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Equipment manufacturers stall maintenance of refineries

07 May 2014, 10:35

Abuja - The planned Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the nation’s refineries has been stalled by the failure of the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to come to Nigeria and carry out the exercise.

The group managing director, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, disclosed this shortly after declaring open the Nigerian stand at the ongoing 2014 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at the Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas, United States of America.

According to him, governments plan was to invite the OEMs to come into the country and carry out the exercise but the arrangements have met with some challenges.

He said: “We are also having challenges with the OEMs; the major thrust was to invite the OEMs to come into the country to do this but unfortunately we had challenges. Port Harcourt, for instance, was built by the Japan Gasoline Corporation (JGC) and the JGC had a challenge coming to Nigeria.

"We had quite some other fall back arrangements with their partners.

“So that constituted a setback but we are still talking to them and getting the numbers. You know that we must also be happy that the numbers are good enough to back up the turnaround initiative.

“We don’t have to do it at all costs and what we are simply saying is that if the price does not meet with the payoff, then other strategies can be explored.

'We are still on them and we have been able to meet with the alternative vendor that the OEM has introduced.”

A lot of work is going on but before then, we cannot just sit back and wait, we know where these equipment are and we have gone ahead to place others directly,” he said.

He, however, did not disclose the nature of the challenges preventing the OEMs from coming to Nigeria and carry out the TAM.

-   NAN

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