Bafred Audu Enjugu, managing director (MD), Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) Limited has revealed that recently activated comprehensive but phased rehabilitation project would bring about optimal processing capacity of the plants and lead to a full yield of different petroleum products by July 2015.
The rehabilitation, he said, would however, be carried out in phases in a strategy that would permit operations to progress at available units of the complex while repair works continue on other processing units.
The MD explained that Area I of the refining complex is prioritised because of process sequence while the optimisation units such as the Catalytic Reformation Unit (CRU) and the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) are to be rehabilitated subsequently.
The later units, he said, further process initial outputs of the refinery to produce premium products used for blending primary products to achieve products of high octane rating.
The 210,000 barrel per day refinery is expected to exceed 80 per cent availability by first quarter of 2016 when all the units are expected to have been fully revamped and upgraded.
The contract for the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the refinery was planned to be handled by JGC of Japan, the original builders of the plant but the company, which could not honour the contract due to security concerns, however recommended Technimont of Italy to carry out the job.
Enjugu explained that the contract could not progress when Technimont submitted outrageous charges and failed to provide performance guarantee for the job.
He said that the NNPC could not give up on the refineries, and thus decided to mobilise its retired and active workforce as well as credible indigenous contractors with reputation of performance to take on the challenge.
“The people are eager to prove that the plant can be recovered to full capacity, and I can tell you nobody knows the plant half as much as those who have spent their lifetime running it and maintaining it,” he said.
Enjugu noted that all the technicians deployed in the work are skill certified, adding that their knowledge, experience, discipline and perseverance would be brought to bear on the job.

Johnson Alabi
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