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Following the feasibility studies undertaken by BEICIP, an international oil and gas consulting and software solution provider firm from Paris , in 1974 for the Federal Government of Nigeria with the objectives to establish the demand and consumption patterns of petroleum products and also determine the size of a new refinery to be constructed, a tendering exercise involving international engineering contractors resulted in the award of a contract to Snamprogetti Spa of Milan , Italy , in 1975. The contract was for the design, procurement and construction of a new grassroots petroleum refinery in Warri. The design capacity of the refinery was 100,000 bpd and the project duration was 30 months. This project was completed and the Warri Refinery was commissioned in 1978. The Federal Government of Nigeria decided to expand the capacities of the fuels units in the existing refineries at Warri and Kaduna by de- bottlenecking. This project was completed in 1985 and the Warri Refinery was de-bottlenecked to a new capacity of 125,000 bpd. NNPC's long term plans for the development of a petrochemicals industry, were formulated in 1977, and were structured in 3 phases. The 1st phase comprised of 3 plants: a linear alkyl benzene plant (LAB) in Kaduna, and the carbon black and polypropylene plants in Warri. The 35,000 MTA Polypropylene and 18,000 MTA Carbon Black Plants built in Ekpan, Warri were commissioned in 1988. The Warri Refinery and the Ekpan Petrochemical Plant were merged in 1988 to become the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited.
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WARRI REFINING & PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY LIMITED
A subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
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