The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has finalized arrangements to begin the construction of Greenfield refineries in Kano and Kaduna states.
The designs for the proposed refineries in Kano and Kaduna, according to the corporation are ready, and their construction will commence this year.
NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru made this known while briefing members of staff of the corporation on the fuel supply situation in the country during a town hall meeting in Abuja.
He explained that the proposed refineries will source their crude oil from Niger Republic.
Kaduna State government, according to him, is also promoting a proposal to co-locate another refinery close to the Kaduna refinery with the intent of sourcing Nigerien crude for its operations.
On the existing refineries, Baru said NNPC is inching closer to arriving at the choice of financiers for the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC), Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (WRPC) and the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited.
Dr. Baru explained that agreements on the potential financiers for the refineries were being fine-tuned, following which the endorsement of the NNPC board would be effected this month.
Dr. Baru said the corporation was also encouraging new refining capacities to come on board, adding that there were two consortia that have indicated interest to co-locate refineries in Warri and Port Harcourt.
“We are pushing towards the final selection of our financiers and we expect that when that is done, we’ll get the agreements and present them to our board, meeting this month to secure their endorsement and once we have the funding, we would start the rehabilitation of the refineries towards a 90 per cent capacity utilization per stream day before the end of 2019,” he added.
The NNPC GMD also revealed that the ministry of petroleum resources and the corporation were collaborating to encourage the establishment of modular refineries in the Niger Delta area to encourage job creation.
According to Baru, 35 interests for modular refineries have been declared and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has issued licenses to about 13, while the ground breaking ceremony of the first one in Bayelsa will hold next month.