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P-Harcourt refinery to reduce fuel import by 40%

10 August 2015, 16:25

Lagos - The New Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC 2, is now ready for the production of more premium motor spirit, PMS, popularly called petrol, and will reduce fuel import by 40 per cent when fully operational.

When the FCCUs are re-streamed, the refinery will be working at 95 per cent of its 150 000 barrels per day capacity, it is expected that petrol importation will reduce.

This was disclosed to journalists, weekend, by Chrome Oil Services, a member of the Chrome Group, one of the three contractors, handling the phased rehabilitation of the refinery.

Four Nigerian refineries are weak in petrol production and high in fuel oils because the FCCUs were still undergoing rehabilitation.

The Project Manager, Chrome Oil Services, Bombey Adigbara, said: “The job on the FCCUs is about 98 percent completed and by next weekend, we will hand over and the FCCUs will be re-streamed and the refinery will be working at about 95 percent of its throughput.

Also read: Three refineries restart production: official

“Three companies participated in this phased works and COS is the first, and we are still doing the work. At the moment, the refinery has started preliminary production, which means  that it is Unit 1 that is producing.

“The Unit 3 is being handled by Chrome, and by the end of next week, we will hand over the plant and the FCCs will be streamed. When this is done, we will start experiencing high level of PMS production in Nigeria.  So, all the critical jobs are being done by us.”

He disclosed that there are three major contractors handling the ongoing phased rehabilitation of PHRC, namely Chrome, DKJ/ITC, and DBM.

According to him, “The FCC is 98 per cent completed. The FCC has a lot of critical components and it is also vendor specific, so you have to have a lot of experience to work in that place. 

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