NNPC, Tecnimont sign $1.5bn contract for PH refinery rehabilitation
…Critics will hike cost if given opportunity – Kyari
By Obas Esiedesa
Despite widespread opposition to the deal, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Tuesday signed the $1.5 billion contract with Italian firm, Tecnimont SpA for the complete rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt Refinery.
Criticisms had trailed the decision of the Federal Executive Council to approve the sum for the rehabilitation of the 210,000 barrels per day refinery, with many calling for the outright privatization of the refinery.
But speaking at a contract signing ceremony in Abuja, NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari said the decision to rehabilitate the refinery which has not produced in the past three years was justifiable.
“Me and my colleagues in NNPC, we are over 7,000, and this moment, we are very proud to say we have done the right thing. We have done the right thing because it a very abnormal situation”.