Nigeria’s 2,500-barrel per day (bpd) modular refinery located in Egbokor, Edo State is on track for commissioning in the last quarter of 2021, according to Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
The modules for the two-megawatt power plant and control room associated with the refinery are currently being fabricated in Lagos for delivery on-site, following the completion of 80% of the construction and site preparation works.
Led by Duport Midstream Company Limited in partnership with the NCDMB, the project is part of the Duport Energy Park – the first integrated energy park with a scalable modular refinery, generation and distribution plant – which is set to produce 30 million cubic feet of gas per day via a gas-processing facility and power plant.
Wabote noted that upon completion, the refinery will create approximately 1,500 direct and indirect jobs and supports long-term national objectives of industrialization, skills development and downstream diversification.
“When the Federal Government enunciated the policy on the development of modular refineries, the NCDMB decided to explore ways through which we can build modular refineries to refine products locally,” said Wabote.
To date, the NCDMB has led the construction of several small-scale refining facilities, including the currently operational 5,000-bpd modular refinery in Imo State, in partnership with Waltersmith; the Azikel modular refinery in Bayelsa State; and the Duport facility.