Port congestion delays turnaround maintenance at Kaduna Refinery

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Port congestion delays turnaround maintenance at Kaduna Refinery

The management of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has attributed the delay in completing the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the Kaduna Refining and Petrolchemical Company Limited (KRPC) to congestion at the nationís ports, a situation which has made it difficult to clear imported materials for the TAM.

The management of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has attributed the delay in completing the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the Kaduna Refining and Petrolchemical Company Limited (KRPC) to congestion at the nationís ports, a situation which has made it difficult to clear imported materials for the TAM.

Group General Manager, Public Affairs of the Corporation, Dr. Levi Ajonuma who disclosed this while conducting news men round the factory in Kaduna yesterday, said however that the TAM which was supposed to have been completed on January 15, 2009 will now be completed by the end of March 2009.

Ajonuma, however, said that the delay in the completion exercisewill not attract any extra cost on the part of government, adding that "it is part of the entire contract".

According to him, "we made a promise to Nigerians through the Nigerian media that we will deliver a world class refinery to them by January 15, 2009. Let me say that even though that has not been achieved, we are still committed to giving Nigerians a world class refinery.

"This TAM is like no other before it. We promised to be open in doing this TAM and that is why we have brought you here today to see how far we have gone so that we donít keep anybody in the dark. We want to carry everybody along in all our dealings.

"TAM is supposed to be for the purpose of rejuvenating the refinery and giving it a new lease of life to be able to produce the way it ought to.

"As you are all aware, we have not kept faith with the biennial nature of TAM all over the world. This particular TAM is coming after ten years and while we waited for this one to come on, we had to maintain the factory.

"If you remember, I told you before the TAM started that we have 90 percent of the materials needed for the TAM on ground. But when it eventually started, we discovered that a substantial part of it had been used for maintaining the plant.

"What that means is that we had to apply for permission to import the parts that we have used before. That was approved by the Federal Executive Council and we have imported them from the manufacturers.

"We are all aware of the congestions at the nationís ports. We have been cought up with that congestion and we canít get the materials to complete the TAM until they are cleared from the ports", he said.

Ajunoma said further that in view of the long years of neglect of the plant, there were things that the contractors found on ground which they did not expect, adding that while not giving excuses for the delay in completing the project, the corporation is committed to ensuring that quality work is delivered to Nigerians.

He assured that area s 1 and 2 of the refinery will be completed and handed over to the corporation by February 15 while the other parts will be delivered by the end of March, adding that "the contractors have committed themselves on paper to this effect".

He commended the staff of KRPC and Nigerian engineers for their ingenuity in keeping the refinery alive for ten years before the current TAM.

Also, the Managing Director of the KR P C, Engr. Mojeed Agoro said that though the January 15 completion date was not realistic, what is important was the quality of work being done.

He said that some of the parts being used for the TAM at the moment were gotten from the Port-Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company, adding that "our own are on the high sea. We are still expecting them.

However sources close to the Refinery told The Nation that the delay in the completion of the TAM was due to the insistence that a thorough job is done, adding that "when the job started, it was not going according to plans.

"We realized that when the job is completed and not according to standard specifications, it will come back to us and we will be the ones to suffer for it. So, we had to insist that the job be done according to standard specifications."

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