The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday, May 14, advertised for “Expression of Interest” from reputable and credible companies for the operation and maintenance of the country’s refineries.
The affected refineries are Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna refineries respectively.
The invitation for the Expressions of Interest is coming nearly a month after the NNPC signed a $1.5 billion contract with Italy’s Maire Tecnimont for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery.
According to the publication, the operations and maintenance of the refineries, is to ensure reliability and sustainability to meet the nation’s fuel supply obligations.
In the advertorial, the NNPC said the scope of responsibilities for successful companies for the three refineries will cover long and short term production/operations planning; production and operations execution, monitoring, reporting and optimization of operations.
Other areas the scope and responsibilities will cover maintenance planning (short term); maintenance execution; reliability and inspection; process and controls Engineering; quality control; quality assurance and laboratory.
In addition, specialist Engineering; health and safety; environmental management; turnaround maintenance planning and execution; minor projects; non-hydrocarbon procurement; sub-contractor management; and inventory and warehouse management.
It will be recalled that the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, had earlier said that building a new refinery would cost the country about $10 billion and Nigeria does not have the required funds to build a new refinery.
He also said that the country would have to live with importation of petroleum products, especially petrol, for another four years, if the country ventures into building a new refinery.
Nigeria has four refineries, owned by the government, but still imports its refined petroleum products.