NNPC expected to sign refineries revamp agreements this month – COO

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is expected to sign agreements on funding and contractual agreement with third-party financiers and contractors for the revamp of its 445,000 barrel per day (bpd) combined capacity refineries in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt next week, according to the corporation’s Chief Operating Officer, Upstream, Mallam Bello Rabiu.

Speaking in Lagos at the weekend, Rabiu said government had to engage an external consultant to review the status of the refineries to enable it negotiate good deals for the agreements.

According to him, the corporation has identified the relevant people it would work with, including the Original Refineries Builders (ORBs) and that the deal would be sealed next week

“The process is almost done and we are hoping that next week, we should be in a position to have signed all the requisite agreements and be able to charter people to move in and begin work next year,” he said.

He said security and funding that used to be the bane of Upstream operations have been largely taken care of by the corporation through practical engagement with stakeholders in the Niger Delta region and the cash-call exit programme.

Source: Daily Trust



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