Refineries Under Pressure to Meet December Deadline for Full Production

By Fatima Musa Sambo. 

Nigeria - The Managing Director of Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC), Engr Ibrahim Onoja, and the Acting Managing Director of Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), Mrs Usua Ofonmbuk Edet, find themselves under immense pressure as they strive to meet the December deadline set by the federal government for the refineries to resume full production.

Despite the challenges faced by the refineries, the federal government has remained steadfast in its commitment to the December deadline. The goal is for both the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries to recommence operations and contribute to the local refining of160 barrels of crude oil per day.

According to sources, the Warri refinery is expected to produce100 barrels per day by December, while the Port Harcourt refinery aims to make an initial contribution of60 barrels per day during the same period.

These revelations came to light during a recent visit by the Minister of State for Petroleum (Oil), Senator Heineken Loikpobiri, who led top officials of the ministry and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) to the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company.

The pressure on Engr Ibrahim Onoja and Mrs Usua Ofonmbuk Edet is mounting as they work tirelessly to ensure that the refineries are fully operational by the December deadline. The success of their efforts will not only contribute to the local production of refined petroleum products but also alleviate the country's dependence on imported fuel.

The federal government's unwavering commitment to revitalizing the refineries highlights its determination to strengthen the nation's energy sector and promote self-sufficiency in petroleum refining. As the deadline approaches, all eyes are on the managing directors of PHRC and WRPC, eagerly awaiting the outcome of their endeavors.

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