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Port Harcourt Refinery receives 475, 000 barrels of crude from Shell for production of petroleum products

*Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited affirms the supply of crude to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s commitment to increasing domestic refining capacity, and make petroleum products more readily available to energy consumers in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the oil-refining facility is set to resume operations after several years, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited has announced its completion of the supply of over 475,000 barrels of crude oil to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC), through its Bonny Oil & Gas Terminal (BOGT), in Rivers State.

Abimbola Essien-Nelson, Media Relations Manager, in a statement noted this is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s commitment to increasing domestic refining capacity, and make petroleum products more readily available in the country.

Essien-Nelson said he BOGT resumed the crude supply last week after a prolonged outage of over five years, during which time the refinery underwent rehabilitation and integrity activities on its supply pipeline from BOGT.

Dr. Osagie Okunbor, Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director of SPDC), said, “Teams from BOGT and PHRC worked through intensive preparations, collaboration, and dedication to make the project successful.

Okunbor stated: “This is, indeed, a significant step in the nation’s renewed efforts to utilise key infrastructures to assure the steady supply of products from the refining company to the Nigerian market.

“Future supplies from BOGT would be guided by the demand for the product.”

Osita Nnajiofor, Bonny Terminal Installation Manager, was quoted to have said: “Before implementing the supplies of the product to the refining company, the project teams first assured the integrity of pipelines relevant to NNPC Limited subsidiaries and integrity and maintenance activities on the BOGT refinery export pumps (which had been shut down for an extended period).

“These actions resulted in the successful and safe completion of the refinery supply with no harm to people, environment, or equipment.”

Nnajiofor stated: “Re recommencement of crude oil supply from the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited is a significant achievement and game-changer for the industry and the country.

“It will support the Federal Government’s aspiration of steady supply of petroleum products to the downstream market and other associated benefits to the economy of the nation.”

ConsumerConnect reports the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources recently announced the completion of the mechanical rehabilitation phase of the Port Harcourt Refinery to resume production of petroleum products in Nigeria.

The oil-refining facility is one of four government-owned refineries that have been moribund for years.

However, the Federal Government has intensified efforts at resuscitating the oil refineries to resume production and end Nigeria’s reliance on fuel importation.

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