by Hauwa Gambo
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will be spending N152bn to repair three of the nation’s refineries next year – this is according to the budget submitted to the National Assembly Joint Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) last week.
According to a Punch analysis, “Details of the budget show that the total maintenance cost for the Port Harcourt Refinery by its original builders, basic engineering design for the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit and RFCC plant project is estimated at N76.779bn.
A breakdown of the N76.779bn indicates that N43.5bn will be spent on the refinery’s rehabilitation, N32.646bn on the plant project and N636m on basic engineering design.”
The total estimated expenditure for the maintenance of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company is put at N43.12bn.
The NNPC is planning to spend N41.879bn on the refinery’s rehabilitation; N159m on fire detection alarm systems; N286.2m on replacement of the HP BFW Pumps and Driver 101-P-02B; and N79.5m on the upgrade of the co-boiler instrumentation and burner management system.
The corporation will spend N32.106bn on the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company. The breakdown of the N32.106bn shows that N31.441bn will go into its rehabilitation and N317.38m for the reconstruction of FCCU, gasoline tank (51TK14B) and purchase of accessories.
Rehabilitation of raw water intake road will gulp N178.12m, while new maintenance office building will cost N170m.
The corporation, in 2012, budgeted N154.48bn for capital expenditure, but spent N23.1bn only.
In the budget statement, which was obtained by our correspondent on Monday, the NNPC said that the Federal Government had yet to pay it N217bn kerosene subsidy.
It added that non-payment of the claims was hindering the execution of its capital projects.
The corporation stated “Budget performance is hampered by lack of funding resulting from non-payment of kerosene subsidy (N217bn) and other outstanding claims from the Federal Government.”
The NNPC also plans to move 42.3 milion barrels of crude oil to the domestic refineries for processing in 2013.
As a result, a total of 18.64 billion litres of products are expected to be derived from local refining during the period.
The document says the corporation is optimistic about ensuring 100 per cent products evacuation from the refineries, including reducing operational and demurrage costs by 10 per cent each on the 2012 levels.
NNPC also promised to achieve a 10 per cent growth in internally-generated revenue in 2013.
On projections for the refineries, the corporation said it intended to “transform the refineries into stand alone profitable business units; continue integrity type maintenance project; build capabilities and improve on refinery operation and continue to utilise alternative crude supply routes to the refineries as a secondary supply strategy.”
The National Assembly had queried the NNPC for spending more than it earned in 2012. It consequently requested details from where it got the extra money to fund its activities.
The corporation had said it had a total receipt of N2.36tn by the end of September 2012, but had an operational expenditure of N2.84tn.
The Minister of Petroluem Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, had noted in October that the government will spend N250bn on the Turn-Around Maintenance of the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna refineries.
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