The 150,000 barrel per day refinery is expected to be shut down for the TAM on October 1, 2012, by Technimoth Group working in partnership with JGC of Japan, the original builders of the plant, and will reopen in December, 2012, at 90 per cent installed capacity.
Senior management team of the company was conducted on an assessment tour round the refinery yesterday by the group executive director, Refining and Petrochemical, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Phillip Chukwu, the corporation’s spokesman, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, and other top management staff.
Speaking during the plant’s inspection, Chukwu explained that government decided to get the original builders of the refineries to overhaul it in its effort ensure optimal result.
“Everyone knows that the refineries have not been properly maintained and, over the years, we have had to manage it. So we decided this time to totally overhaul the plant by rehabilitating and having a TAM.”
He informed that the plants overhauling would address the TAM, the supply chain as well as the skills gap.
”The NNPC is working with security agencies to fashion out ways of protecting products pipelines as well as crude pipelines, without which the refineries will not function,” he said.