Modular refinery programme on course – Sylva

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, says the modular refinery programme to boost local production of  crude oil in the country is on course.

Sylva disclosed in Abuja on Tuesday that federal government had licensed a good number of modular refineries and some of them had already started operating effectively.

Modular refinery generally refers to a simple or complex refinery whose parts are fabricated or constructed in several component parts or units called modules.

These modules can then be assembled easily to form the plant. Furthermore, they can be transported in modules across distances and put together at the location desired.

“Modula refineries, we have licensed quite a bit. I am not in a position to give you an exact figure now but I know that the few of these refineries are under construction and very soon, we will be commissioned.

“You know that last year, we commission the Waltersmith which is functioning well and since then I have also laid foundation stone for Atlantic refinery  and there is Niger Delta own that is  ongoing, one  almost ready to be commissioned in Port Harcourt and there are quite a few.

That programme is on course,’’ he said.


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