Nigeria’s biggest and oldest refinery, the Port Harcourt Refining Firm Restricted, PHRC, is billed for one more Turn Round Repairs, TAM, more than 10 years after the closing express, where about $364 million had already been sunk for the repairs of the three refineries.The Neighborhood Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Austen Oniwon, dropped the hint over the weekend in Port Harcourt, Rivers Enlighten, at a Metropolis Hall Assembly with workers within the Eastern zone of the corporation.He acknowledged the NNPC has outlined a huge conception to refurbish and upgrade current gadgets of the Port Harcourt Refinery through the execution of a entire TAM express within the months ahead.The TAM for the 210,000 barrels per day, bpd-capacity refinery has been brandished so over and over within the previous that it had turned into nearly a political machine for successive administrations to reassure Nigerians of the ability of the NNPC to create definite that sustainable gas present to patrons.On the opposite hand, earlier efforts at asserting the present refineries within the nation, in conjunction with Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna, with a mixed capacity of 450,000bpd maintain not yielded the specified outcomes, as Nigeria continues to import over 80 per cent of her gas wants.That is because not one of many refineries had gone through the plump TAM required to handle operations as at when due.But this planned TAM has a brand fresh twist, as Oniwon acknowledged the present contractors of the Refinery advanced would possibly perchance perchance well well be given precedence within the award of the project.“What we desire to catch is to undertake a special assemble of TAM that can guarantee most earnings. So we are going abet to the current contractors who built all the gadgets to create definite that an efficient and entire refurbishment of the plant.“Unlike within the previous when the scope of work was not clearly specified, we intend to conduct a plump scale technical audit with neatly defined scope of work for the contract,” Oniwon stated.The PHRC came on circulate in 1965, when it was constructed and commissioned as a 35,000 bpd hydro_skimming refinery by a consortium of British Petroleum and Shell. It was then is known as the BP/Shell Petroleum Refining Firm of Nigeria Restricted.In 1972, the refinery was expanded to 60,000 bpd capacity and renamed the Nigerian Petroleum Refining Firm Restricted, NPRC, after the acquisition of 50 percent shares of the firm by the Federal and regional governments of Nigeria. The joint project partners of BP/Shell and regional (now states) governments at closing relinquished their shares to the Federal Govt, resulting within the voluntary liquidation of the NPRC in January 1986, and take_over of the management by the NNPC.Before this, the NNPC had, in 1985, through Spibat of France and the Japan Fuel Corporation, JGC, commenced building of a brand fresh 150,000bpd Refinery, which accomplished mechanical completion in 1988. The same twelve months, the extinct and the fresh refineries were introduced below a single management by the NNPC, as the PHRC. The fresh refinery was commissioned in 1989.By distinction backdrop, it is miles unsure which of these two current contractors would possibly perchance perchance well well be supplied the TAM jobMark of repairsAlthough he did not give estimates, however the NNPC boss acknowledged the TAM would perchance also ticket more to undertake a full overhaul, in conjunction with that the NNPC is able to head plump throttle to create definite that a a hit TAM, which was closing carried out in twelve months 2000.About $364m has been sunk in earlier TAM for the refineries. Recent alternate statistics ticket that $75 million was sunk within the Kaduna refinery, whereas the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries gulped $137 million and $152 million respectively. Yet, none of them is running at half of its plump capacity.Previous management of the NNPC had quoted diverse figures ranging from $58million to $280m for the Port Harcourt Refinery TAM.While urging the workers of the refinery and all the Eastern zone to brace up for the challenges ahead, Oniwon also supplied the authorisation of upper approval limits for the managing directors and bosses of the three refineries across the nation efficient January, 2011.He acknowledged the fresh limits, which are backed with graceful checks and regulate measures to preserve a ways from abuse, are designed to promote seamless operation of the Refineries basically basically based on the NNPC Transformation agenda.Talking on behalf of participants of workers, the Vice Chairman, Petroleum and Pure Gas Senior Employees Affiliation of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, PHRC Division, Mr. M.C Amadi, pledged the commitment of workers to align with Oniwon’s aspiration for the refinery.