#NDNewVision: Oil firms to refine 20% of crude output locally, says Kachikwu, as another modular refinery set to be established in Imo

The Federal Government is considering a policy that will compel operators of major oil and gas exploration and production firms to refine 20 per cent of their oil production in-country, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has said.

According to the Nation, Kachikwu gave the hint at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 5,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) modular refinery being developed by Waltersmith Refining and Petrochemical Company at Ibigwe field, Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

The minister said the Federal Government would soon announce a policy to require operating companies to refine locally at least 20 per cent of the crude oil they produce, with the percentage graduating to 50 per cent in the next five years.

“We have no option or we will consistently stay in the abyss of lack of processing while we export all the raw materials,” he added.

The modular refinery project is being executed with 30 per cent equity financing by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and additional $35 million debt facility from the African Finance Corporation AFC). It is expected to start production in December 2020.

Kachikwu said the Federal Government’s policy on modular refineries is an integral part of the 14-point agenda for reducing militancy in the Niger Delta region. The plan, he noted, is to set up modular refineries in oil producing communities and use them to create jobs and absorb the militants. “We would take some of the good skills sets they have, polish them and put them into the system,” he said

According to him, 10 of the 38 licensed modular refineries had made appreciable progress in the development of their projects and the first one is expected to deliver products between December 2018 and January 2019. “From modular refineries, we will be able to process about 200,000 barrels of crude and put them into the system.”

He said the Federal Government was engendering the establishment of modular refineries through the financing model being managed by the NCDMB and had also granted free custom duty charges and other waivers to enable the investors bring in their equipment.

Amnesty office collaborates with NBTI on quality food production

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has assured of his readiness to partner with the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) on technology incubation especially in the area of food production.

He made this disclosure when the management of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) led by the Director-General, Dr Mohammed Jubrin, visited him this week in Abuja.

According to The Guardian, the Presidential Amnesty Office is partnering the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) in order to improve the quality and certification of agricultural and other products of Amnesty Programme beneficiaries.

Prof. Dokubo said, “I think there is a necessity for us to work together to make sure that we can get those certifications that will enable people to consume what we produce, so that they will not create any harm for those who eat our products.

“I think there is a need for synergy between us because we do farming.

“I believe that if we go through the documents and understand everything, we will sit to have an MOU so that we can work directly with you.

“Then we will know all that it takes to set up other centres in the Niger Delta as most of the things we do will equally go to those centres to be accessed and evaluated to know if they are edible.”

He added, “And if they are, they will not give people any problem.”

Dr Jubrin responded by promising to quickly articulate a proposal for an MOU between the two agencies that will lead to quality food processing, production and manufacturing businesses.

He further said, “By the time we sit down and work out the ways in which we can collaborate, I think the youth can be gainfully employed.

“Apart from being employed, they can become employers of labour directly or indirectly.

“So, our collaboration is going to be strong in such a way that both sides of the collaborators are going to benefit.

“The producers have to produce from a uniform source so that a basic raw material will have the same property.

“The processing technology will be the same, so that at the end of the day, the final product will be the same irrespective of the final production.”

Dr. Jubrin also explained that, “The centre that is anchoring that is not in the Niger Delta but Lagos but whatever we are doing can be replicated in the Niger Delta technology incubation centres.”

Amnesty Programme: 200 beneficiaries to be trained By PTI

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta with the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State, for the training of 200 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the oil and gas sector in respect to the New Vision for Niger Delta.

According to The Eagle Online, The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, disclosed at the signing ceremony on Thursday that it signposts the beginning of an indelible move by the Federal Government towards attaining greater heights.

Prof. Dokubo said, “As far as the Presidential Amnesty Programme is concerned, signing this MOU is a clear path to enhancing the knowledge of our people and raising their lives so that they can walk tall and reach the heights of their potentials”.

“Let us make the best of this situation; so that our people will always remember us for good while being grateful to everyone, including the Federal Government that has not set us aside”.

“With time, we will disabuse the minds of our people so that they will know what they are living for.”

However, he urged Niger Delta people, particularly the youths, to fully embrace the Federal Government’s Developmental Programmes while assuring that the government will continue to maintain lasting peace in the Niger Delta, empower its youths and provide the requisite condition for the people besides giving the youth educational certificates.

Meanwhile, The Head, Vocational Training at the Amnesty Office, Amazuo Berepreboga, explained that the MoU will ensure the full training of 200 students at PTI in specialised fields in the oil and gas industry such as oil and gas drilling, instrumentation, mechanical technology, electrical technology and process technology.

Moreover, the Principal and Chief Executive of PTI, Prof. Sunny Iyuke in his remark, commended Prof. Dokubo and President Muhammadu Buhari for Federal Government’s support.

He said, “I thank my fellow Professor and the Amnesty Office for this gesture”.

“I came to PTI with the conviction that this is the right job I should be doing”.

“This is the kind of things I am looking for my students, to make me happy and satisfied.”

While bemoaning the high level of joblessness among Niger Delta youths, Prof. Iyuke said he hopes that the MOU will not only keep them away from crime but also engage them gainfully and improve their living standards.

He noted that the MoU will also push PTI students to improvement in practical application, especially knowledge of design of modular refineries, which has already paved the way for its legalization, resulting to an increase in establishment of modular refineries and flow stations in Nigeria.