The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) said it has completed the supply of over 475,000 bbls of crude oil to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC).
This was revealed in a statement by Osagie Okunbor, the Managing Director and Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria.
Okunbor said Shell resumed the supply last week. Note that the supply was done in furtherance of the government’s commitment to increase domestic refining capacity and make products more readily available in the country.
He added that the supply was done through its Bonny Oil & Gas Terminal (BOGT), after a prolonged outage of over five years, during which time the refinery underwent rehabilitation and integrity activities on its supply pipeline from BOGT.
“Teams from BOGT and PHRC worked through intensive preparations, collaboration, and dedication to make the project successful,” Okunbor said.
“This is indeed a significant step in the nation’s renewed efforts to utilize key infrastructures to assure the steady supply of products from the refining company to the Nigerian market.”
Okunbor noted that future supplies from BOGT would be guided by the demand for the product.
Bonny Terminal Installation Manager, Osita Nnajiofor, said before implementing the supplies of the product to the refining company, the project teams first ensure the integrity of pipelines relevant to NNPC Limited subsidiaries and integrity and maintenance activities on the BOGT refinery export pumps (which had been shut down for an extended period).
“These actions resulted in the successful and safe completion of the refinery supply with no harm to people, environment, or equipment,” Nnajiofor said.
He noted that the recommencement of crude oil supply from the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited is a significant achievement and a game-changer for the industry and Nigeria.
Nnajiofor pledged support for the federal government’s aspiration of a steady supply of petroleum products to the downstream market and other associated benefits to the economy of the nation.