NNPC, Contractors Allay Fears Of Fire Incident Causing Delay In P/H Refinery Rehabilitation


NNPC justifies $1.5bn PH refinery rehabilitation cost

Olusola Bello



The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) as well as some f the contractors engaged in the rehabilitation work of Port Harcourt Refinery have allay fears that the  fire  incident that happened at the refinery would cause any delay in the rehabilitation work.


Some of the contractors that spoke with Business Standards but which never wanted to be quoted, said, they were full of gratitude to God for no life lost in the incident  and that this  would not cause ant go slow in the works that are ongoing at the refinery. “We thank God that no life was lost”.


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) commenced the rehabilitation of Port Harcourt refinery in Rivers state


In March, last year, the federal executive council (FEC) approved the sum of $1.5 billion for the rehabilitation exercise.

The repair been executed by Tecnimont SPA, an Italian company, will be done in three phases of 18, 24 and 44 months.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC)  had disclosed that a minor fire incidence occurred at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) early morning on 1st January 2022.

According to the company, the incident, which was contained in less than two hours was caused by a spark while a 33,000 litre truck was discharging naphtha into a tank at the PHRC.

The management of the refinery led by the Managing Director, who was at the scene supervising the operation, immediately mobilized the safety structure at the PHRC and with support from the Federal Fire service, successfully brought the fire under control.

The management of the PHRC reassured Nigerians resident in the neighbourhood of the facility that they have no cause to worry about the incident; and to also affirm that the safety of life and of property is at the top of its priority list.

The incident affected only the discharging truck and the pump bay. No other property was damaged.

The management and staff of the PHRC  extends its profound appreciations to all those that contributed in bringing a speedy end to the incidence; while wishing all Nigerians a very happy and fulfilling New Year 2022.

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