The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the country’s three refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna will undergo comprehensive rehabilitation to achieve optimal capacity utilisation in 2017.
The Corporation said this known in a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja on Tuesday after the Annual General Meetings of the three refineries.
The Chief Operating Officer, Refineries of the NNPC, Mr. Anibor Kragha, stated that the Corporation was determined to move away from the approach of quick fixes and undertake a comprehensive revamp of the plants.
He said; “The plan for next year is to get the comprehensive rehabilitation programme done.
“The situation is like having three cars in your garage that have not been maintained for 15 to 20 years while you expect optimal performance from them.
“Changing one fuel pump here, one compressor there is not helpful. What we are doing now is to step back and take a holistic approach and do a full rehabilitation of all the refineries,”.
He further said that once the exercise was achieved, the refineries in due course would draw up a chart for routine Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) Programme as at when due.