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Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited (PHRC)

KM 2 Alesa Road, P.O. Box 585, Port Harcourt
Rivers State


The Refinery Complex comprises  two refineries at Alesa-Eleme near Port Harcourt in Rivers State.

Port Harcourt II (New Refinery) is a complex, conversion refinery with a nameplate distillation capacity of 7,500,000 MTA (150,000 bpd). It came on stream in 1988 and was originally intended to serve as an export refinery.  It has been subsequently dedicated to domestic market service given frequent interruptions in supply from the other three refineries in Nigeria. Port Harcourt II has considerable clean fuel capability, including lead-free gasoline


The Company has an authorized Share capital of N5 million, divided into 5 million Ordinary shares of N1 each. Preparatory to its privatisation, the Company is being incorporated as a separate business entity outside NNPC. This will lead to the creation of a new Capital structure for the company.


The two refineries have two main facilities respectively- the main processing units and the utilities and tank farms.

Main Processing Units

Old Refinery (PH I)               Unit                     Capacity
Crude Distillation CDU 60,000
LPG Unit  LPGU 60
Catalytic Reforming  CRU 6,000
New Refinery (PH II)            Unit                     Capacity
Crude Distillation CDU 150,000
Vacuum Distillation  VDU 150,000
Naptha Hydrotreating NHU 53,560
Catalytic Reforming  CRU 33,000
Kerosene Hydrotreating KHU 14,500
Catalytic Cracking FCCU                            40,000
LPG Merox                                                                   11,500
Gasoline Merox                                                             24,680
Dimersol DIM                                4,850
HF Alkylation Unit HFALK                            7,020
Butane Isomerisation BUT                              3,610



The old Refinery has its own utilities and tank farm. The utilities consist of water boreholes, water treatment, cooling water tower, instrument air and steam boilers. The only utilities supplied from the new refinery are power and nitrogen by air. The old refinery is designed to generate its own gas as process fuel. However, this is generally supplied from processing LPG from storage through the LPG plant to provide sufficient gas to operate the old refinery.


The new refinery consist of the following utilities:
UTILITY                                                           CAPACITY
Electricity – Steam Turbines 4 X 4 MW
Steam Boilers 4 X 120 t/hr  @ 42.7 bar
Raw water treatment
Cooling Water 14,000 m3/hr
Demineralised water 140 m3/hr
Nitrogen 600 Nm3/hr
Instrument Air 3 X 2, 500 Nm3/hr


The Refinery is configured to produce various yields of the following crude oil products:

Crude                      Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO)

LPG                         High Pour Fuel Oil (HPFO)

Gasoline                  Fuel Gas

DPK                        AGO


The combined capacity of the two refineries is 210,000 barrels per day. The old refinery was designed to process 60,000 b/d of TNP, a blend of Medium Nigerian Crude oil, whilst the new refinery is capable of processing third party crude oil.

Recent processing performance is much below design capabilities in terms of both refinery throughput and the yield of a higher valued product slate.  The refinery has seldom operated above 50% of design capacity and the 1990’s saw a gradual decline in refinery throughput with proportionately increasing yields of lower value fuel oil product.   Following the Turn Around maintenance carried out in 2000, throughput improved its level of performance.  Until 1995, the yield performance of the refinery was in line with design. The design expectations were 33% gasoline, 42% middle distillate with just 19% fuel oil and 5% for fuel loss, plus 1% LPG.

Poor maintenance of facilities and inadequate manpower has over the years been the major reason for epileptic performance of the refinery. With a capacity to refine 210,000 barrels per day out of the local capacity of 450,000 the refinery, if well operated, will cater for the large market existing for petroleum products in Nigeria and West Africa.



2000 2001 2002 2003
  N’ 000 N’ 000 N’ 000 N’ 000 N’ 000
Income 7,398,076    4, 608, 415 8,898,535 7,466, 429 3,353,096
Profit/(Loss) Before Tax 2,590,730


(1,823,231) (4,396,442) (1,106,070 (4,162,162)
Taxation (186,281) (8,671) (10,500) (16,559) (4,182)
Dividend –  –  –  – 
Retained Profit/(Loss) 2,404,449 (1,823,231) (4,396,442 (1,122,629 (4,166,344

The Refinery operating at 90 – 95% capacity and with current crude prices is expected to recoup its investment and make profits in just a few years of operations.

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