While receiving the members of the National Assembly Joint Ad-hoc Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill at the refinery complex in Eleme, River State, the Managing Director of Port-Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Mr. Ahmed Dikko stated that the turnaround maintenance (TAM) of the company would begin in April this year if COVID-19 pandemic permits.
According to him, all the approvals and support required from the government and NNPC had been given and a team had been dedicated for the project.
He said: “We have done a lot of activities; we are very confident and are sure that we are going to bring back this facility’s optimum production capacity in a very short time.
“Our engagement has been very different; we try to carry everybody along, we try to open up and show a lot of transparency in what we do.
“The whole arrangement is concluded and approvals are almost got; so, by and large, by next month or April at most, we mobilise to the site if COVID-19 permits”, he said.
Dikko noted that the company hoped to run the turnaround process through to the second quarter of 2023 when it would begin to inaugurate all the work they were doing in phases. He added that the activities would be dragged a little bit more to have a complete rehabilitation of the whole facilities.