The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is set to grant the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited (NDPR) a License to Operate (LTO) its upgraded 11,000 barrels per day (BPD) refinery expected to be commissioned soon.
The Director/CEO of the DPR Engr. Sarki Auwalu who mentioned this praised the giant strides of the NDPR, a subsidiary of Niger Delta Exploration & Production Plc (NDEP) in launching modular refinery in the country.
Auwalu said in a statement that NDPR has expanded its capacity by expanding the plant with an additional 5,000 BPD, in addition to its maiden 1000 BPD Diesel Topping Refining Plant.
The extension provides for other products slate to include kerosene, marine diesel and heavy fuel oil to serve the Nigerian market.
The expanded plant located at Ogbele, Ahoada in Rivers State would potentially reduce the importation of petroleum products for our teaming youth with subsequent foreign exchange savings and job generation.
In addition, big 2nd (2nd) Train equipment and units of 5,000 BPD have been assembled, inspected, tested, and modules are currently being shipped to Nigeria.
“When installed, the upgraded refining complex will bring the total refining capacity to 11,000 BPD and will then have the requisite units to produce diesel (512,775 litres/day), kerosene (317,205 litres/clay), marine diesel (281,907 litres/day) and heavy fuel oil (234,525 litres/day), and particularly Premium Motor Spirit/gasoline (168,540 litres/day),” Auwalu said.
He said the DPR provided the necessary regulatory guidance and technical support throughout the phases of project development for NDPR to contribute about 4.2 percent of national daily demand for diesel and about o.4 percent for Nigeria’s gasoline.
This laudable project is expected to catalyze Nigerian Refining Industry’s further growth, he said, by attracting more investment as more players gain confidence.