The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it will begin full rehabilitation of the nations three refineries by January 2020.
The nation’s refineries are located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna.
Mele Kyari, NNPC’s group managing director, made this known on Saturday during a facility tour to the Port Harcourt refinery.
In a statement by Ndu Ughamadu, the spokesman for the corporation, the rehabilitation would ensure that crude refining would hit optimum capacity by 2022.
According to him, making the refineries operate at optimal capacities is a mandate that the NNPC will leave no stone unturned to actualise.
“We will stick to time, we will deliver this project by 2022. We will commence actual rehabilitation work in January,” he said.
“We will do everything possible between October and December to close out all necessary conditions for us to deliver on that project.
“I believe that with the support that we have from the shareholders – the government of this country, the entire staff of this company and the contractors, I believe it is doable and we will deliver the project.
“It’s no longer about business now, but a reputational issue. For the original builders of the refinery, Tecmmont, Eni/NAOC and NNPC, let us be conscious of the fact that our reputation is at stake as far as this project is concerned.
“The NNPC leadership has promised this country that our refineries will work, therefore, we must work not to disappoint over 200million Nigerian stakeholders.”
He also challenged the Port Harcourt refinery management to ensure that the nation’s indigenous engineers and other professionals working in the refinery were fully engaged to participate actively during the rehabilitation and own the process.
According to him, the involvement of the indigenous workers will build capacity, save cost and introduce an era of steady and uninterrupted production curve that will grow the oil and gas industry.