The Port Harcourt Refinery is set to recommence operations after receiving a significant crude oil supply from the Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited. This delivery marks a crucial milestone for the refinery, which has been dormant for several years due to extensive maintenance and rehabilitation efforts.
The supply of 475,000 barrels of crude oil to the Port Harcourt Refinery signifies the first substantial delivery to the facility in recent years, highlighting the refinery’s readiness for sustainable operations following a period of testing and maintenance. The refinery’s revival comes as a relief to stakeholders, as the facility’s closure had led to concerns about Nigeria’s refining capacity and its impact on the economy.
Shell attributed the successful crude oil supply to meticulous preparations and collaboration between the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal (BOGT) and the Port Harcourt Refinery Company teams. The delivery was made possible through rigorous testing and integrity checks on pipelines conducted by subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPL). Additionally, maintenance activities on refinery export pumps and associated equipment were carried out at the terminal with utmost diligence.
The resumption of crude oil supply from the BOGT to the Port Harcourt Refinery is heralded as a significant achievement and a game-changer for the industry and Nigeria at large. The concerted efforts of all involved parties have ensured the safe and efficient operation of the supply chain, overcoming challenges along the way.
This development aligns with the government’s objectives of ensuring a steady supply of petroleum products to the downstream market and fostering economic growth. The rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery, which has been ongoing for over two years, reflects a commitment to enhancing Nigeria’s refining capacity and reducing dependence on imported fuel.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has also made strides in refinery rehabilitation efforts, with the mechanical completion of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) scheduled for the first quarter of 2024. These initiatives underscore the government’s commitment to revitalizing the country’s refining infrastructure and bolstering the nation’s energy security.
The Port Harcourt Refinery’s return to operation signals a positive step forward for Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, providing hope for increased domestic refining capacity and reduced reliance on imported petroleum products. As the refinery gears up for production, stakeholders anticipate a boost in economic activity and job creation, further contributing to Nigeria’s development agenda.