Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited has announced the successful completion of the supply of over 475,000 barrels of crude oil to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC) through its Bonny Oil & Gas Terminal (BOGT). This initiative, according to a statement signed by Abimbola Essien-Nelson, the Media Relations Manager, is aligned with the Federal Government’s commitment to enhancing domestic refining capacity and ensuring the availability of petroleum products in the country.
The resumption of crude oil supply from BOGT to PHRC comes after a prolonged outage lasting over five years, during which the refinery underwent extensive rehabilitation and integrity activities on its supply pipeline from BOGT.
Dr. Osagie Okunbor, the Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), commended the collaborative efforts of teams from BOGT and PHRC in ensuring the success of the project. He emphasized the significance of this milestone in the nation’s renewed efforts to utilize critical infrastructures for the steady supply of petroleum products to the Nigerian market.
Okunbor further stated that future supplies from BOGT would be based on the demand for the product, highlighting the adaptive nature of the supply chain.
Osita Nnajiofor, the Bonny Terminal Installation Manager, outlined the rigorous preparations and integrity checks conducted by project teams to ensure the safety and efficiency of the refinery supply. He emphasized that these measures resulted in the successful and safe completion of the refinery supply without any harm to people, the environment, or equipment.
In conclusion, Nnajiofor highlighted the significance of the recommencement of crude oil supply from BOGT to PHRC, describing it as a game-changer for the industry and the country. He emphasized its role in supporting the federal government’s goal of ensuring a steady supply of petroleum products to the downstream market, thereby stimulating economic growth.
Port Harcourt Refinery is one of four government-owned refineries that have been inactive for years, but the government is actively working to revive them to reduce the country’s dependence on fuel imports.