The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday flagged off the first phase of the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery.

Mr Maikanti Baru told reporters the NNPC plans to deliver a fully automated twenty first century refinery.

This is the first time in twenty years that the refinery will be undergoing this form of rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation is being done in partnership with Italian Oil giant ENI and the original builders of the refinery Tecnimont.