The Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited has received 475,000 barrels of crude oil from Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited.

The SPDC claims that efforts are being made by the Federal Government to increase the capacity of domestic refining and enhance the availability of petroleum products in the country.

Abimbola Essien-Nelson, the media relations manager for Shell Nigeria, announced in a statement on Monday that the company had successfully supplied over 475,000 barrels of crude oil to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited via its Bonny Oil & Gas Terminal.

After a five-year long outage, which was caused by the Port Harcourt refinery undergoing integrity and rehabilitation work on its supply pipeline from Bonny Oil & Gas Termina, BOGT reportedly resumed supply last week, according to Essien-Nelson.

“To make the project successful, teams from BOGT and PHRC worked through intense preparations, collaboration, and dedication,” stated Dr. Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited and Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria.

“This is undoubtedly a major step in the country’s redoubled efforts to make use of vital infrastructures to ensure the refining company’s consistent supply of products to the Nigerian market.”

“Future supplies from BOGT would be guided by the product’s demand,” Okunbor went on.

Additionally, Osita Nnajiofor, the Installation Manager of Bonny Terminal, was quoted as saying that the project teams first ensured the integrity of pipelines relevant to the subsidiaries of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, as well as the integrity and maintenance activities on the BOGT refinery export pumps, which had been shut down for an extended period of time, before implementing the supplies of the product to the refining company.”

These actions resulted in the successful and safe completion of the refinery supply with no harm to people, environment, or equipment,” Nnajiofor said in his explanation.

The Federal Government’s goal of a consistent supply of petroleum products to the downstream market and other related benefits to the country’s economy will be supported by the resumption of crude oil supply from the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal to the Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited, which is a significant achievement and a game-changer for the industry and the nation.

The NNPCL previously announced its intention to turn over the Port Harcourt refinery’s rehabilitation to private operators.

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