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FG approves $1.5b for rehabilitation of Port-Harcourt Refinery

THE Federal Executive Council has approved the plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery with $1.5b.

According to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timpre Sylva, the decision to commence the refinery rehabilitation was taken at the weekly meeting of the council presided over by President Buhari today.

Sylva disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister’s statement showed that it would take close to three and a half years to complete the rehabilitation and put the refinery in good shape for efficient functioning.

The minister said, “The Ministry of Petroleum Resources presented a memo on the rehabilitation of Port Harcourt refinery for the sum of $1.5bn, and that memo was $1.5 billion and it was approved by council today.

“So, we are happy to announce that the rehabilitation of the refinery will commence in three phases. The first phase is to be completed in 18 months, which will take the refinery to a production of 90 percent of its nameplate capacity.

“The second phase is to be completed in 24 months and all the final stage will be completed in 44 months and consultations are approved.

“And I believe that this is good news for Nigeria.”

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