In line with the Presidential mandate of rehabilitating the nation’s three refineries, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has inaugurated eight committees charged with returning the refineries to their nameplate capacities by the year 2019.
The committees inaugurated are: Rehabilitation; Stakeholder Management; Financing; Legal; Procurement; Pipeline and Crude Oil Supply, and Security, as well as Staffing and Succession Planning.
Maikanti Baru, group managing director of NNPC, while inaugurating the committees on Tuesday, charged them to deploy “out of the box solutions” to ensure that the refineries return to their good old days of top class performance.
“I am convinced that the teams we have selected here today will give the necessary direction towards returning the refineries back to their optimal levels of performance,” he told members of the committees.
Baru explained that in executing the assignment, the committees were expected to deliver well and within schedule, as according to him, time was of the essence.
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Although the target for the refineries rehab was to return them to 90 percent capacity utilization before the end of 2019, Baru stressed that with more commitment from the committees, 100 percent capacity utilization was achievable.
“We want to show everyone that we can fully run the refineries. You must all work together to operate them at 100% capacity as this was the only way to ensure profitability,” he stated.
He also emphasized the importance of the workforce as according to him “we can fix the refineries but without the right people to operate them, they would go back to where they were or even worse.”
Anibor Kragha, the chief operating officer, refineries and petrochemicals, had earlier informed that for the first time in 20 years there was both the political will and the economic climate to ensure effective retrofitting of the refineries.
He further said that over 28 expressions of interest had been received so far for the financing of the rehabilitation project and that the goal was to get more by the end of the year.
Assuring everyone that the nation would not suffer financially from the project, the Kragha explained that the approved financial model would guarantee payment to partners only from incremental profits.
“Payment is therefore hinged on performance, ensuring a win-win situation for Nigeria,” he noted.
Speaking on behalf of the committees, Isiaka Abdulrazaq, the chief financial officer of the NNPC, reminded members of the newly inaugurated committees that the rehabilitation of the refineries was one of the targets of the President Buhari administration.
Abdulrazaq expressed his confidence in every member of the committees to deliver on their various tasks.
The Committees inaugurated for the rehabilitation of the refineries would be headed by a Steering Committee, chaired by the GMD.