The drive by the Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to support in-country refining limit was reinforced on Tuesday with the marking of the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) contract for the recovery of the 210,000 barrels each day limit Port Harcourt Refinery in Alesa-Eleme, Rivers State.
The recovery project which has a culmination timetable of somewhere in the range of 18 and 44 months under a three-stage course of action was granted to Milan based Tecnimont SpA at a singular amount contract cost of US$1.5 billion, comprehensive of VAT and other legal installments.
A thrilled Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, depicted the PHRC recovery project as a little glimpse of heaven, taking note of that the venture was in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s guarantee to the Nigerian public to make the processing plants work.
Mallam Kyari repeated that in showing up at the decision of Tecnimont SpA, the Corporation left on a straightforward delicate interaction which can withstand any measurable review, taking note of that NNPC was prepared and open to address any inquiry relating to the task.
He guaranteed that a similar straightforward interaction has been emplaced for the recovery of the Warri and Kaduna Refineries whose EPCIC agreements would be granted in June 2021.
The GMD clarified that the recovery practice was altogether different from a standard Turn-Around Maintenance as it would involve an absolute retrofitting of the plant with significant part and gear supplanted with new ones.
Giving further knowledge into the task, Managing Director of Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited, Engr. Ahmed Dikko, clarified that Phases 1 and 2 of the undertaking would prepare the treatment facility to get hydrocarbon, while Phase 3 will zero in on the beginning up the processing plant for activity, focusing on that the whole work will be conveyed in 44 months from today.
In his comments, Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa Region of Tecnimont SpA, Davide Pelizzola, vowed the availability of his organization to work diligently with the NNPC to consent to the terms and commitments of the agreement.
The marking service of the PHRC restoration project was seen by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers NUPENG among others