Nigeria’s crude oil will be processed to meet domestic needs —KACHIKWU

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WITH the nation’s refineries, especially the Port Harcourt Refinery
Company, PHRC, coming back on stream, the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, NNPC, yesterday in Benin, said the country’s  crude oil
would  be processed to meet immediate domestic needs.

Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who spoke at this
year’s NNPC Health Safety and Environment, HSE, day, with the theme, HSE Best Practice, Pathway to Business Sustainability,
also said NNPC would  modernize its health, safety and environment
management standard and performance records to promote health, safety
and environmental awareness.

Dr. Kachikwu, who was represented by the Managing Director, Nigerian
Petroleum Development Company, NPDC,  Abubakar Mai-Borno, said safety at
workplace was vital for productivity in the sector.

“It is with great optimism that we are foreseeing our refineries soon
coming back on-stream. PHRC, for instance, has demonstrated great drive
in meeting the federal government’s desire for our refineries; whence
our crude will be processed in order to meet our immediate domestic
demands,” he said.

He insisted that lessons must be learnt from recent incidents on the
BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Chevron’s Brazil Offshore which
occurred due to breach of safety rules and observance, noting that these
incidents were accompanied with monumental financial and human losses.

“We must, therefore, tow a conscious path in structuring safety
rules, guides, observance and best practices in NNPC. When these are
emplaced, then, our assets, both human and material will be secured and
guaranteed,” he said.

According to him, the outcome of these initiatives “would include
higher productivity, reduce risks accidents and damages to the
environment, while promoting sustainable development for future
generation. This visible commitment is an important driver that ensures
that every staff, including other stakeholders, own their HSE
responsibility.”