The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced plans to relocate a brownfied refinery from Turkey to Nigeria.
The refinery, which is expected to be sited near the Port Harcourt Refinery in Rivers State under the NNPC refinery collocation initiative, would have a capacity of 100,000 barrels per day (bpd).
In a statement on Tuesday, the corporation’s spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, said the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, made the disclosure while speaking on efforts being made to achieve self-sufficiency in local refining besides the rehabilitation of the refineries.
Baru hinted that a group of investors had commenced the process of relocating the refinery that used to be owned by BP to Nigeria from the Asian country.
The NNPC helmsman explained that a similar plan to establish a brownfield refinery near the Warri Refinery was also in the offing.
According to the statement, the effort was part of the corporation’s refinery collocation initiative designed to boost local refining capacity to end the era of petroleum products importation.
The statement quoted Baru as saying, “Our collocation initiative aimed at getting private sector investors to bring in brownfield refineries so that they can share facilities is also yielding results.
“For example, there is one that is going to be brought in from Turkey to be located near the Port-Harcourt Refinery. It’s not a modular refinery; it’s a normal refinery with about 100,00bpd capacity. It was owned by BP, but it has been sold off now to the companies that want to bring it over from Turkey to install it here.
“There is another one of about the same size being looked at to be sited near the Warri Refinery. But the one for Port-Harcourt is at a more advanced stage. Our drive at the NNPC, as a leader in the industry, is to expand our local refining capacity and make Nigeria a global refining hub.”