THE Old Port Harcourt Refinery would become functional by December this year.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, gave the hint while briefing State House correspondents after the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday.
Explaining that development of compressed natural gas (CNG) is still in progress, Sylva also said one of the two refineries, the old one with 60,000 barrels-per-day capacity, would be functional by the end of 2022, just as works are also progressing on both the Warri and Kaduna refineries.
“The rehabilitation of the refineries is ongoing. As we said earlier, the old refinery in Port Harcourt, which is about 60,000 barrels per day capacity, will be functional by December and of course, we still have some time in the contracting time to conclude the rest of the Port Harcourt Refineries.
Works in the Kaduna and Warri refineries are also in progressing very well. We will soon be embarking on an inspection visit and some of you journalists will be will be able to go with us to ascertain for yourselves what the extent of work is,” he said.