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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Two Modular Refineries in Rivers and Delta states for Inauguration in December

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The Federal Government has said that two out of the 38 modular refineries granted licenses to work in the Niger Delta locale will be finished and prepared for commissioning by December this year.

It noticed that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration's set out to build up measured refineries was a piece of the long term plan intend to end importation of oil based goods and to debilitate illicit oil bunkering exercises in the locale.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, expressed these on Wednesday when he drove a joint group from the service, office of the Vice President and the Department of Petroleum Resources to inspect a secluded modular refinery in Kwale, Delta State being developed by Omsa Pillar Astex Company Limited.
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Kachikwu, who was represented by his Senior Technical Adviser (Refineries and Downstream Infrastructure), Mr. Rabiu Suleiman, said the two refineries to be commissioned before the year's over were situated in Rivers and Delta states.
Mr. Rabiu and his entourage were taken round the site by the Chief Engineer of OPAC Modular Refinery, Elberd Bilanich, communicated delight at the pace of development work, including that upon fulfillment, the two refineries would process 7,000 barrels of unrefined petroleum day by day.

We are here to provide support as a government and also to evaluate what this company is doing, which is in alignment with the vision of this government, and how we as a government can encourage local production of petroleum products, and to see to the establishment of many modular refineries as indicated by the government, and to provide such support,” Kachukwu said.

He went further to say “If you recall, sometime last year, the Vice President visited the Niger Delta and made a policy statement to encourage the establishment of modular refineries. We are happy that we are here today. This is one of the first few that have kept to that promise to deliver on what they have promised to do; and today, we are happy to see the installation of the 7,000-barrel capacity modular refinery. As you can see, Russian technology is being installed here.”

“The commitment we hear is that within six months from now, the refinery will be completed and we are looking forward to seeing that. In my side talks with the chairman of the company, he is expecting another 45 tonnage of materials to arrive on site and that is a significant portion.”
“If that arrives in the next few weeks and construction continues and the weather being a good friend, six months will be made and that is going to be a promise fulfilled. By that, we can say by the end of the year, we will be coming to witness the inauguration of yet another refinery in Nigeria.”

He clarified that the two modular refineries when commissioned and operative would send the correct flag to different investors who had been suspicious of the Federal Government's sense of duty regarding advance the development of more modular refineries.

A sum of 38 licenses have been issued out to investors for the construction of modular refineries, running from high-scale refineries of 50,000 to 100,000 barrels for every day. Out of these, around 10 of the particular refineries have progressed and they have all secured what we call permit to develop, similarly as it is here. Along these lines, with the permit to develop the LTA, it implies that 10 starting today are prepared to go. This is only one of the 10.

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