By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

In it’s efforts to promote the establishment of modular refineries in the country, the Nigerian Midstream & Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) on Monday 18.7.2022 carried out management tour to pre-commission the Duport Midstream modular Refinery located at Egbokor in Edo State.

 

The 2,500 BPD Refinery which is meant to produce various grades of petroleum products that will help meet the local demands of petroleum products in the country is in keeping with the promise of the FGN to find a lasting solution to the challenges of providing refined products for our local consumption.

Nigerian local Refineries have also been assured of government maximum support in ensuring enabling environment with good regulations and other incentives of relaxing the conditions to enable them have effective standing in the Downstream & Midstream sector of the Petroleum industry.

Executive Director, Hydrocarbon Processing Plants, Installation & Transportation Infrastructure,( HPPITI),Mr. Francis Ogaree.
stated this on Monday at Duport Midstream Company Limited, Egbokor, Orhionmwon Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State,

Mr. Francis Ogaree, who was represented by the Assistant Director, Joseph Musa in the department of Hydrocarbon Processing ,Plant Installation and Transport Infrastructure Abuja, said it is a thing of joy for every Nigerian to see our local Refineries working to produce fuel for Nigerians.

According to him, “government maximum support in ensuring through good regulations and other incentives of relaxing the prevailing conditions to enable the industries function effectively and have good standing in the Midstream & Downstream sector of the petroleum industry will not be compromised.”

Musa promised to ensure that all required regulatory assistance needed by the companies will be attended to promptly.

” We are happy that our local industries are springing up and been managed by Nigerians for Nigerians, ” there will be assistant in processing and prompt approval of applications”.

Earlier, the stock manager,Duport Midstream Company Limited, Sola Salami took the director and his team round the company to see all the different departments of production.

The Duport Energy Park is the second refinery project in Edo State after the Edo Modular Refinery in Ologbo, which is a 6600bpd facility established through a joint venture between the Edo Refinery and Petrochemical Limited and AIPCC Energy Limited.

Meanwhile, the team also inspected facilities at the Edo Modular Refinery in Ologbo, which is a 6600bpd facility established through a joint venture between the Edo Refinery and Petrochemical Limited and AIPCC Energy Limited.

Engineer Segun Okeni, Head , HSE and Technical Operation,
(EMR) in Ologbo, took the team round the facilities.
He narrated some of the problems being faced.

Among them are Regulatory Delay and Response time, Bad road and multiple road blocks, High cost of logistics for clearing and movement of refinery equipment and Currency of Payment.

Assistant Director, Joseph Musa, appealed to the management of Edo Modular Refinery in Ologbo, to look into the production of PMS. He said the company will make more profit by producing for the local populace.

The Edo State Co-ordinator,
of Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority” (NMDPRA), Engr. Ebi Ogionwo, speaking on the inspection tour of the facilities in the two refineries, stated that the “Authority” will continue to provide enabling environment for both local and foreign investors to come into the Midstream & Downstream business. He also stated that engineers from the “Authority” who are on ground to supervise the pre-start up safety audit is to ensure the entire process plant facilities operate safely. ” We are trying to cross the TS and dot the Is, to make sure there are no accidents when the refinery go into operation.”

” Experts come in, sit on the table, look at the Hazop & risk assessment that have been done, call the operations and maintenance team there, so they must make sure everything is safe.”

Ogionwo, advised the management of the two refineries to always link up with his Edo State office for any assistance.

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