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NNPC seeks private companies for operations and maintenance of three major refineries


Charles Ike-Okoh

FRI 14 MAY, 2021-theGBJournal- The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is keeping to its words to use private operations and maintenance (O&M) companies to operate and maintain the country’s three oldest refineries, Port Harcourt (PHRC), Warri (WRPC), and Kaduna (KRPC) in the latest sign of intent by the Federal Government to run the behemoth as a proper commercial company.

The Corporation announced the move today, seeking to engage ‘’reputable and credible’’ companies through Expression of Interest (EOI), ‘’to ensure reliability and sustainability to meet the nation’s fuel supply obligation.’’

The contract scope of work to be covered by successful O&M companies include Long term and short term production/operations planning’, Production and operations execution, Monitoring, reporting and optimization of operations, Maintenance planning (short term) and Maintenance execution.

According to the NNPC, their scope of work will also involve refinery business processes such as Reliability and inspection, Process and controls engineering, Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Laboratory, Specialist engineering, Health and Safety, Environmental management, Turnaround maintenance planning and execution, Minor projects, Non-hydrocarbon Procurement, Sub-contractor management and Inventory and warehouse management.

The move is coming barely two months after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a whopping $1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of one the refineries, the Port Harcourt refinery, and revealed also that FEC had agreed to appoint a professional operations and maintenance company to ensure effective maintenance culture when it is finally rehabilitated.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva who revealed the approval when he briefed news at the State House March 17, 2021 said an Italian company would undertake the repairs.

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