The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) will soon begin the production of Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK), popularly known as aviation fuel or JetA1.
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The Managing Director, PHRC, Dr. Bafred Enjugu, said this in a presentation made to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, during an official tour of the 210,000 barrels per day facility.
Enjugu was quoted in a statement from the NNPC on Friday to have said that “the good news from our stand point is that we have scored 24 out of the 24 parameters for the production of aviation fuel and I must say that this is made possible because of the never-give-up attitude of workers of the great PHRC.”
The MD added that the refinery has successfully blended ATK and was only waiting for appropriate conditions to commence full scale production of the product in response to demand of the aviation sector.
Speaking at the event, Baru described PHRC as the nation’s flagship refining company, noting that the corporation would do everything possible to ensure that the refinery was not just in operation but also operating profitably and contributing effectively to meeting local demand for petroleum products.
He said, “We cannot under-estimate the importance of refining because that is our identity and we shall do whatever it takes to ensure that your two plants are running at all times and work to tackle whatever could militate against your achieving set targets and objectives.”
The NNPC added that this is part of efforts to reposition the refinery for profitability, in line with the 12-point agenda of the management of the apex oil firm.