Port Harcourt refinery resumes

PH refinery resumes
Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) Limited will this week activate all its process in a move to shore up fuel supply in the country, our correspondent learnt yesterday.
The development was sequel to  the completion of repair work at the refinery’s crude distillation unit where one of the columns collapsed and compelled a shutdown of the 210, 000 barrels per day refinery. The situation had worsened scarcity in a market that was suffering supply gaps following the withdrawal of private marketers from importation due to the backlog of debt owed them by the Federal Government.
Our correspondent gathered that the refinery experienced a major failure of its Crude Distillation Column last month, while production was on-going, a situation that resulted in a shut-down of all the process plants.
DailyTrust learnt that the  restoration of the plant would normally have required urgent intervention from foreign experts and huge replacement costs.
Sources told our correspondent that parts that would have been imported are estimated at N640 million while delivery and mobilization of contractors to site would have taken several months, a source pointed out.
But,following the urgent need to return to operations in the face of the prevailing fuel crisis in the country, it was learnt that the PHRC management took the challenge directly by repairing defective parts in-country while utilizing over 150 host community youths in the process that conforms with existing community empowerment commitments.
“During the period, the entire workforce was mobilized and involved in the process while inspectors from sister Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) and Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) respectively were invited for support.  
“Key personnel were relocated to the company’s proximate Lifecamp while all vacations were called off to bring all hands on deck as work progressed day and night all week.
“When hit with cash flow constraints, workers of the refinery, including security guards, drivers, contract and support staff, responded to call for personal contributions to avert an impending downtime, and N5.5 million was raised to procure critical materials without waiting for fund release from government”,sources said
Sources said  at NNPC’s townhall meeting weekend, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and  Managing Director, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, ascribed the speedy repairs at the refinery to commitment of the management and staff of the refinery.
He commended the team spirit that played during the delivery of the job when key technical crew heads at sister refineries rushed to offer assistance for ensure a total indigenous content and demonstrate a formidable in-house capacity for the job.

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