THE efficiency of the Port Harcourt Refinery is expected to be enhanced with an installation of a 25-megawatt gas turbine for the sole purpose of supplying electricity to the facility.
Subsequently, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke is to commission three 25 megawatts gas turbines, installed and operated by an independent power producer.
The initiative is part of pragmatic measures to ensure continuous and unimpeded refining of petroleum products in PHRC.
The Group Executive Director, Refining and Petrochemical of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Gregory Udoh, was quoted to have stated this in Abuja via a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, in Abuja yesterday.
Udoh said the arrangement with the independent power producers was aimed at ensuring steady power supply to the refinery, adding that staff of PHRC would now focus majorly on the core mandate of refining petroleum products for members of the public.
He said over 60 percent of the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) materials have been delivered to PHRC, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) and installation of such equipment and parts are in progress.
The GED noted that crude supply to the PHRC is now through marine vessels, bypassing the implacable activities of oil thieves along the Bonny to PHRC crude supply pipeline.
Enjugu noted that as at today, the plant is refining premium motor spirit, dual purpose kerosene, automotive gas oil and other petroleum products.
He stated that the Company through public private partnership arrangement has resolved the power problem of the facility, adding that the three gas turbines installed by the partnership have the capacity to generate 72 megawatts of power which exceeds the 23 megawatts requirement of PHRC.