The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has stated that the modular refinery programme aimed at boosting local production of crude oil in the country was on course and plans have been perfected to ensure successful implementation of the initiative.
He added that aside from the ongoing programme, the Federal Government had licensed a good number of modular refineries, noting that some of them had already started operating effectively.
The Minister, who gave the assurance on Tuesday while briefing journalists, noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would spare no efforts in implementing relevant policies and partner with stakeholders to bring about sufficiency in local crude oil production.
“Modula refineries, we have licensed quite a bit. I am not in a position to give you an exact figure now but I know that a few of these refineries are under construction and very soon, we will be commissioned.
“You know that last year, we commission the Waltersmith which is functioning well, and since then I have also laid the foundation stone for Atlantic refinery and there is Niger Delta own that is ongoing, one is almost ready to be commissioned in Port Harcourt and there are quite a few. That programme is on course,’’ he said.
The minister said that the WalterSmith Petrochemical Refining Company with 5000 barrels per day is currently producing very comfortably and had no problems. The Atlantic is not finished yet, they are very much on course to finish construction by the first quarter of next year and there are others that are ongoing,’’ he said
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had announced that the federal government had as of March 2021 licensed about 23 refineries in the country. Some of the refineries are Waltersmith Refining & Petrochemical Company Limited with 5000 barrels per day (BPD), OPAC Refineries, Niger Delta Petroleum Resources (Train 3), Edo Refinery, and Petrochemical Company Limited, and Lowrie Refinery Limited.
Other licensed refineries include Excel Refinery Limited in Bayelsa state, Conodit Refinery Nigeria Limited, Duport Midstream, Duport Midstream in Delta State, Clairgold Oil & Gas Engineering Limited, Ogini Refinery Limited, Etopo Energy Plc and Gasoline Associates International Limited,
Also, NPDC/ND WESTERN OML 34 JV, Frao Oil Nigeria Limited, Kingdom Global Trading Petroleum & Gas Nig. Ltd. Resource Petroleum & Petrochemicals International Incorporated, Gazingstock Petroleum Company Limited and Amakpe International Refineries Limited.
Atlantic International Refineries and Petrochemical Limited, Azikel Petroleum Limited, Allegiance Energy and Power Limited, Alexis Refinery Limited and Dangote Oil Refinery Company were among the licensed refineries
Of the 23 refineries, waltersmith Refining and Petrochemical company had completed construction and has been commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, OPAC refinery has completed Construction and Plant at Commissioning Stage while Niger Delta Petroleum Resources has also completed Construction completed and Commissioning ongoing.
Also, the Dangote oil refinery company plant overall Installation has gone above 80.3 per cent and Edo refining and Petrochemical company has completed Construction and Plant at Commissioning Stage.
A modular refinery generally refers to a simple or complex refinery whose parts are fabricated or constructed in several component parts or units called modules. These modules can then be assembled easily to form the plant. Furthermore, they can be transported in modules across distances and put together at the location desired.