By Etuka Sunday
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed its plans to establish a 100,000-barrels-per-day brownfield refinery each in Port-Harcourt and Warri.
NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu in a statement stated that the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made the disclosure in an interview published by the corporation.
Speaking on efforts being made to achieve self-sufficiency in local refining besides the rehabilitation of the refineries, Dr. Baru explained that a group of investors had commenced the process of relocating a refinery that used to be owned by BP from Turkey to Nigeria to be installed near the Port Harcourt Refinery under the NNPC refinery collocation initiative.
“Our collocation initiative aimed at getting private sector investors to bring in brownfield refineries so that they can share facilities is also yielding results.
“For example, there is one that is going to be brought in from Turkey to be located near the Port-Harcourt Refinery. It’s not a modular refinery; it’s a normal refinery with about 100,00bpd capacity. It was owned by BP, but it has been sold off now to the companies that want to bring it over from Turkey to install it here”, he stated.
Dr. Baru further explained that a similar plan to establish a brownfield refinery near the Warri Refinery was also in the offing.
“There is another one of about the same size being looked at to be sited near the Warri Refinery. But the one for Port-Harcourt is at a more advanced stage. Our drive at the NNPC, as a leader in the industry, is to expand our local refining capacity and make Nigeria a global refining hub”, he said.
The full interview entitled, “PIGB’ll Make Us More Profit-Driven – Baru” is published in the NNPC News, a monthly publication of the Corporation.