Baru rallies support for new refinery
The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, has called for sustained encouragement of Azikel Refinery, owing to the remarkable pace of work at the site.
He also lauded the President of Azikel Group, Dr. Azibapu Eruani, for having achieved 65 per cent completion on the phase I, II and III stages.
Represented by the Managing Director of the Port Harcourt refinery, Shehu Malami, he said this at the foundation laying ceremony of the Azikel Refinery performed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He shared the optimism that the refinery construction would be completed soon to begin onward dispensing of refined petroleum product to the public.
According to him, works on the perimeter fencing, loading gantry, security unit and the administrative building has attained appreciable level of completion while the core refining modules of the ISBL fabricated in Houston, USA would be freight on skid and coupled at the refinery site.
He pointed that the 12, 000 barrel per stream day (bpsd) hydro-skimming refinery would produce petrol, diesel, aviation fuel, LPG and heavy fuel oil.
He noted that of the 22 refinery licenses granted by President Muhammadu Buhari, Azikel Refinery is in the forefront of ensuring that Nigeria attains self-sufficiency in petroleum products.
The GMD pledged that NNPC will continue to support the project towards completion.