Barely two weeks after the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company resumed operation after a two-week scheduled maintenance, the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company is said to be undergoing routine maintenance that would last for 21 days, THISDAY has learnt.
The repair work, which was designed to boost the operating capacity of the plant, came after the refinery had been in continuous operation, performing at 60 per cent capacity utilisation.
The refinery resumed operation in November 2012 after it was shut in August following the collapse of the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU), Catalytic Reformer Unit (CRU), Topping Unit (TU) and Power Plant (PP).
A source close to the refinery told THISDAY at the weekend that the refinery had been out of operation for several days to enable repair work to be carried out in some of the units.
Some of the units under repair include the Catalytic Reforming Unit (CRU), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) and Crude Distillation Unit (CDU).
The source added that before the commencement of the repairs, there were leakages in the units, while the Trays in the Distillation Column were on the verge of collapse.
“This prompted the management to seek approval from the NNPC corporate headquarters in Abuja for the shutdown of the plant for scheduled repairs. The approval was granted and the plant was shut down,” he said.
According to him, some in-house engineers and contractors were currently making efforts to resuscitate and boost the operating capacity of the plant.
Built bySnamprogetti Spa of Milan, Italy, in 1975, the 100,000 barrels per day (bpd)capacity refinery was inaugurated in 1978.
However, the Federal Government later expanded the capacities of the fuels units in the refinery by de-bottlenecking.
The project, which was completed in 1985, resulted in Warri Refinery being de-bottlenecked to a new capacity of 125,000bpd.
In 1988, the Warri Refinery and the Ekpan Petrochemical Plant were merged to become the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited.