Diezani Alison-Madueke, minister of petroleum resources, is set to commission three 25 megawatts (mw) gas turbines, installed and operated by an independent power producer; in order to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC).
The initiative, is part of pragmatic measures to ensure continuous and unimpeded refining of petroleum products in PHRC, which Gregory Udoh, group executive director (GED), Refining and Petrochemical, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, said would allow staff of PHRC to focus majorly on the core mandate of refining petroleum products for members of the public.
He said over 60 per cent of the Turnaround Maintenance (TAM) materials have been delivered to PHRC, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) and installation of such equipment and parts are in progress.
The GED noted that crude supply to the PHRC was now through marine vessels, bypassing the implacable activities of oil thieves along the Bonny to PHRC crude supply pipeline.
In the same vein, Bafred Enjugu, managing director of the PHRC Limited, said that the turnaround maintenance of the refinery is ongoing and the facility is running optimally.
He noted that as at today, the plant is refining premium motor spirit, dual purpose kerosene, automotive gas oil and other petroleum products, maintaining that the PHRC through public-private partnership arrangement has resolved the power problem of the facility adding that the three gas turbines installed by the partnership have the capacity to generate 72mw of power which exceeds the 23mw requirement of PHRC.
On his part, Ralph Ugwu, executive director, Services, PHRC, stated that the PHRC remains the oldest, largest and newest refinery in the country.
In 2011, the decision was reached to rehabilitate all refineries using the original refinery builder (ORB) but the ORBs declined participation, which led to a phased rehabilitation of all refineries, simultaneously and in more easily manageable bits and packages over a period of 18 months.

Folashade Olubayo
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