NIGERIA - Port Harcourt - Rivers State.
The plant's cracker stopped operating in May 1997 after an accident, which caused a serious shortage of gasoline. In mid-1998 its units, apart from the crude oil distillation column, were shut down for repair. Shell was asked to do the repairs. As Shell's bid price was judged too high, the plant's management contracted less qualified companies to do the work. As a result, some of these units continue to operate at about 50% of their capacity.
Under a $251m contract awarded on March 15, 1994, the Nigerian unit of Singapore-based Ipco International has built an offshore export terminal at the Bonny estuary and a 32-km pipeline to the refinery. Extra storage facilities were to be built at the refinery as well. They were completed in 1998, three years behind schedule due to payment problems.
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|Publication:||APS Review Downstream Trends|
|Date:||Aug 6, 2001|
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