The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says the nation’s three refineries would be shut down briefly for an overhaul which is aimed at enhancing the refineries for optimal performance.
The NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, said this in Abuja on Wednesday on the sidelines of the inaugural Nigerian Pipeline Security Conference and Exhibition, organised by the Pipeline Association of Nigeria (PLAN).
According to Baru, the comprehensive rehabilitation is aimed at bringing the refineries in Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt back to their nameplate production capacities.
Baru expressed optimism that the refineries would return as new facilities after the overhaul ahead of Nigeria’s plan to stop the importation of petroleum products by 2019.
“As you know, it has been the perception of the public that the repairs of the refineries are never done thoroughly; so this time, our intention is to shut down the refineries when we are ready.
“We will then fully bring them back to what they should be as new refineries.
“Obviously, it is going to be a complex procedure; hence, we have to breakdown the various work packages to ensure that all the various workforce have sufficient focus,’’ he said.
According to him, the eight committees on the refineries’ rehabilitation that were inaugurated comprised top management officials that would be having a day-to-day look at the work streams.
“We intend to focus on the repairs of the refineries with all that it takes to ensure that by the time we are done by 2019, these refineries will be as good as new,’’ he said.