Nigeria’s oil and gas regulatory agency, the department of petroleum resources (DPR) at the weekend commended the management and board of the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited (NDPR) for its efforts towards achieving the federal government’s plans towards ensuring local refining of petroleum products.
The company, a subsidiary of Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc (NDEP) is the pioneer modular refinery in the country. According to DPR, the NDPR refinery plans to contribute about 4.2 per cent of national daily diesel demand and about 0.4 per cent for gasoline in Nigeria as it embarked on an expansion program.
This is even as the agency has called those granted licenses to operate modular refineries to demonstrate willingness to execute such project within the 2 years of the validity of their licenses in order to make meaningful progress.
Commending NDPR in statement signed by DPR, Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Engr. Sarki Auwalu, described the move as NDPR’s establishing of modular refinery as efforts aimed at realising the federal government objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and other similar initiatives aimed at deepening local refining in the country.
“This laudable project is expected to catalyze further growth of the Nigerian Refining Industry by attracting more investments as more players gain confidence,” he stated.
Engr. Auwalu noted that its maiden 1,000 Barrels per Day (BPD) Diesel Topping Refining Plant, NDPR has consolidated on its capacity by expanding the plant with an additional 5,000 BPD.
“The expansion provides for other products slate to include kerosene, marine diesel and heavy fuel oil to cater to the Nigerian market,” he stated.
According to him, “The expanded plant located at Ogbele, Ahoada in Rivers State will potentially reduce importation of petroleum products with corresponding savings in foreign exchange and employment generation for our teaming youths.”
On plans by the company to expand its production capacity, the DPR boss stated that, major equipment and units of the second (2nd) Train of 5,000 BPD have been fabricated, inspected, tested and modules are currently being shipped to Nigeria.
“When installed, the upgraded refining complex will bring the total refining capacity to 11,000 BPD and will then have the requisite units to produce diesel (512,775 litres/day), kerosene (317,205 litres/clay), marine diesel (281,907 litres/day) and heavy fuel oil (234,525 litres/day), and particularly Premium Motor Spirit/gasoline (168,540 litres/day),” he stated.
On the role of the agency towards achieving the feat, he stated that, “The DPR provided necessary regulatory guidance and technical support throughout the project development phases for NDPR to contribute about 4.2 per cent of national daily diesel demand and about 0.4 per cent for gasoline in Nigeria.
“Having achieved these giant strides, the DPR is set to grant NDPR a ‘Licence to Operate’ (LTO) the plant expected to be commissioned soon.”
The stated added, “In the same vain, DPR directs all modular refinery ‘Licence to Establish’ (LTE) holders to demonstrate expected performance within the 2 years validity of the Licence to enable them obtain ‘Approval to Construct’ (ATC) and other milestone approvals.”