Port Harcourt refinery is to restart production in the next one week, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has said. Kachikwu disclosed this during his Christmas visit to the plant in Alesa Eleme in Rivers State on Friday. The Port Harcourt refinery has a combined daily production capacity of over five million litres of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as petrol. The Minister reaffirmed that getting the nation’s refineries to work at full capacity is the way to go.
According to the minister, up-scaling of the nation’s refineries ensures transparency and subsequent reduction in the importation of petroleum products that would make scarcity remain in the past. The Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company had also resumed production of petrol four months after it was closed for repairs.