Established by the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act, and vested with the mandate to make procedures that will guide, monitor, coordinate, and implement the provisions of the NOGICD Act, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) recently announced that the construction of 2,000 barrels per day (bpd) modular refinery in Brass Bayelsa is underway.
Developed in partnership with the Atlantic International Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd, this project was recently launched by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva. According to a statement signed by Mr. Naboth Onyesoh, NCDMB’s Corporate Communications Manager, the project includes a power plant and logistics jetty to provide support for oil and gas operations.
The 2,000 bpd modular refinery project is the fourth of its kind to be supported by the NCDMB under the Federal Government’s plan to use modular refineries to drive the development of the Niger Delta region.
The other modular refineries supported by the NCDMB
The NCDMB has injected equity capital funds in three other modular refineries including the 5,000 bpd Waltersmith modular refinery at Ibigwe, in Imo state, which is already in operation.
Others are the 12,000 bpd Hydroskimming modular refinery currently under construction at Obunagha, Gbarain, Bayelsa, by Azikel Petroleum Ltd., and the 2,500 bpd modular refinery being developed by Duport Midstream Company as part of its Energy Park in Egbokor, Edo states.
This project will ensure value addition to the crude oil, growing domestic refining capacity to improve product availability, create jobs in-country and curb pipeline vandalism.