Written by Godfrey AKON

NDPR expands capacity to 5,000 bpd

The Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited, NDPR, has consolidated on the capacity of its diesel topping refining plant by expanding it with an additional 5,000 barrels per day.

NDPR, a subsidiary of Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc, NDEP, pioneered modular refinery efforts in the country.

The Department for Petroleum Resources, DPR, in a statement commending NDPR’s effort, said the oil firm started with 1,000 barrels per day as refining capacity of its Diesel Topping Refining Plant.

According to the statement signed by the Director of DPR, Engr. Sarki Auwalu, the move was part of its drive to realise the object+ives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, and other similar Federal Government initiatives aimed at deepening local refining in Nigeria.

“The expansion provides for other products slate to include kerosene, marine diesel and heavy fuel oil to cater to the Nigerian market.

“The expanded plant located at Ogbele, Ahoada in Rivers State will potentially reduce importation of petroleum products with corresponding savings in foreign exchange and employment generation for our teaming youths,” DPR said.

It further noted that major equipment and units of the second train of 5,000 bpd have been fabricated, inspected, tested and modules are currently being shipped to Nigeria adding that when installed, the upgraded refining complex will bring the total refining capacity to 11,000 bpd.

DPR said with such additions, the plant will have the requisite units to produce 512,775 litres of diesel per day, 317,205 litres of kerosene per day, 281,907 litres of marine diesel per day and 234,525 litres of heavy fuel oil per day, adding that Premium Motor Spirit/gasoline will be produced at 168,540 litres per day.

“The DPR provided necessary regulatory guidance and technical support throughout the project development phases for NDPR to contribute about 4.2% of national daily diesel demand and about o.4% for gasoline in Nigeria.

“Having achieved these giant strides, the DPR is set to grant NDPR a 'Licence to Operate' (LTO) the plant expected to be commissioned soon,” the organisation explained.

According to the DPR, the laudable project is expected to catalyse further growth of the Nigerian Refining Industry by attracting more investments as more players gain confidence.

Meanwhile, the DPR has directed all modular refinery 'Licence to Establish' holders to demonstrate expected performance within the 2 years validity of the licence to enable them obtain 'Approval to Construct', ATC, and other milestone approvals.



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