#NDNewVision: FG team visits OPAC modular refinery in Delta State

*On completion, first phase to produce 7,000 bpd
In furtherance of the Federal Government’s commitment to improving domestic refining capacity and ongoing efforts in this direction in the support of the establishment of third-party financed Modular refineries, a team from the Office of the Vice President and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources led by the Senior Technical Adviser to the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr. Rabiu Suleiman, on Tuesday, 24th April, visited the OPAC Refinery site, located at Umuseti, Kwale, in Delta State.
The purpose of the facility visit was, amongst others, to obtain first-hand information, review the level of progress of work, evaluate key technical aspects of the project, encourage the proponent’s commitment to the project completion and delivery time as well as identify areas of challenges, if any, for appropriate government’s intervention.
The site visit covered all relevant activities, facilities and equipment on the refinery project site, as well as performance monitoring and evaluation of the refinery project.
During the visit, the Senior Special Adviser to the Vice President on Economic Matters, Mr. Edobor Iyamu, noted that the Federal Government has created an enabling environment for ease of doing business, a situation where there are no deferrals in endorsements. He gave assurance to the promoters of Government’s support and continued collaboration to the project completion; he said that the Buhari administration will ensure that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and its agencies support OPAC Refinery in this venture as it will ensure the sustainability of jobs.
He further said that the administration is extremely interested in the happenings in the Oil and Gas industry, while noting that the petroleum sector should utilize such opportunity to improve Nigeria’s energy security, and also provide and guarantee jobs creation.
The chairman of OPAC Refinery, Mr. Momoh Jimah Oyarekhua, said that this was the first phase and is designed for 7,000 barrels per day, and was set up to deliver fast and quality products. When completed, it is expected to produce Naphtha, Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Kerosene. Also, based on crude availability, the refinery will be upgraded in two phases of 7,000bpd respectively to about 21,000 barrels per day in one year after completion of construction works and startup of the first phase. Also, a 40,000 barrels per day conventional refinery is planned for the production of Premium Motor Spirit in the nearest future.
In his remarks, the STA to the Hon. Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Mr. Suleiman, commended OPAC Refinery for the project, affirming that he was impressed by what he has seen. He highlighted that the project is a huge development and government in its full capacity will do all in his power to provide support in making sure this project is completed on schedule as planned.
Suleiman stated that, aside from jobs creation for the immediate communities, the project will alleviate the economic fortunes of the surrounding villages and communities and when the plants become operational the products produced will help improve the challenges associated with importation, supply and distribution of petroleum products in country.