The Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company in Rivers State has officially commenced operations, marking a significant milestone for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) and the Federal Government.
The facility’s operations began on December 20, 2023, as the first phase of the rehabilitation work at the plant was successfully completed.
The announcement was made by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, who led members of the Refinery Steering Committee to inspect the facility.
Senator Lokpobiri expressed congratulations to NNPC and all Nigerians for the achievement.
“The meeting today coincides with the commencement of operations at the Port Harcourt refinery,” Lokpobiri stated at the refinery.
He added, “This is to announce to Nigerians that in fulfillment of our pledge to complete phase one of the Port Harcourt refinery by the end of 2023, and the subsequent streaming of phase two in 2024, we happily announce the mechanical completion of flare start-up on December 20, 2023.
“This heralds the commencement of the production of petroleum products after the Christmas break. We want to thank Nigerians for their patience and trust in the NNPC to deliver on our promise and mandate in the rehabilitation of our refineries.”
The Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, acknowledged the dedicated efforts of the employees who worked tirelessly for over 9.6 million man-hours to bring the refinery back into operation.