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Refineries in Nigeria: Facts you need to know

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As at the time of making this post, there are only four refineries in Nigeria. One is in Warri, another in Kaduna and two in Port Harcourt. The refineries are government-owned and subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The refineries have a combined installed capacity of 445,000 bpd. A comprehensive network of pipelines and depots strategically located throughout Nigeria links these refineries according to NNPC.

Although, there are indications that new private-owned refineries will emerge soon. The Dangote refinery is expected to come on stream in 2020. Also, Ogbele Modular Refinery will be commissioned in March 2019 by the Niger Delta Exploration and Production, NDEP.

We have made a list of the current refineries in Nigeria and a brief explanation about them.

Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (WRPC): Commissioned in 1978, Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company was incorporated as a limited liability company on the 3rd of November 1988 after the merger of the then Warri Refinery and the Ekpan Petrochemical Plants.

It was built to process 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day but was later de-bottlenecked to process 125,000 barrels per day in 1987. It was essentially built to add value to some of the refinery by-products such as propylene rich stock and decant oil.

Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC): This was commissioned in 1965 with current nameplate capacity of 60, 000 barrels pers stream day (bpsd). The Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited aims to be an innovative international hydrocarbon processing company of choice. It is made up of two refineries – the first PHRC and the new PHRC.

The New Port Harcourt Refining Company:  The new refinery commissioned in 1989 with an installed capacity of 150,000 bpsd brings the combined crude processing capacity of the Port Harcourt Refinery to 210,000 bpsd. It has five (5) process areas – Areas 1-5. The new refinery is made up of Areas 1-4 while the old refinery is Area 5.

The Kaduna Refinery:  Established in 1989, the Kaduna refinery has the capacity to produce 110, 000 barrels of petroleum per day. It occupies an area of 2.89 square kilometers. Products from this refinery include: Fuels for use as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Diesel oil and others.

Source NNPC
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