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Recent reports have brought to light the long-awaited initiation of operations at the PORT HARCOURT Refining Company (PHRC) Limited, a facility boasting a substantial combined capacity of 210,000 barrels per day. This news marks a significant milestone in the realm of oil production and refining.

A video circulating online has captured a crucial moment: the refinery’s flare, a telltale sign denoting the commencement of oil refining processes. This visual confirmation serves as a testament to the resumption of activities at this prominent refinery.

This development arrives on the heels of statements made several months prior by the Minister of State for Petroleum (Oil), HEINEKEN LOKPOBIRI. In an announcement back in August, it was projected that the PORT HARCOURT refinery would initiate its operations by December 2023. The realization of this projection underscores a promising step forward for the oil industry, indicating progress towards meeting set goals and timelines.

Amidst this resurgence, stakeholders within the downstream sector have started contemplating the potential ramifications. Notably, they’ve voiced their anticipation regarding the impact on fuel prices. Presently, the cost of fuel looms at an elevated rate, surpassing 617 Naira per litre. However, there’s growing optimism that the commencement of operations at the Port Harcourt Refinery could herald a shift in this landscape. The hope is that with increased refining activities and production output, there could be a potential downward trajectory in fuel prices, offering relief to consumers grappling with high costs.

This development not only signifies the operational revival of a major refinery but also instills a sense of optimism within the industry and among consumers. The ripple effects of this resurgence are anticipated to extend beyond the confines of the refinery itself, impacting the broader fuel market and potentially easing the burden of high fuel prices on the populace.

Written by: Champion Nwokeabia

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