President Buhari
President Buhari

Nigerian govt approves $1.5bn for Port Harcourt refinery

NEWS DIGEST – The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved $1.5bn for the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the minister, the rehabilitation will commence in three phases.

He 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.”