*To Commence Operation In Weeks
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, has announced the coming on stream of a new Modular Refinery.
The coming of the new refinery, the country’s number two, was made on Thursday by NCDMB’s executive secretary, Simi Wabote.
Known as Duport Midstream Company Limited, DMCL, and located in Egbokor, iOrhionmwon council area of the state, the outfit is licensed to produce 5000bpd and is expected to commence operation in July 2022.
When completed, DMCL will be the country’s number two following th completion of the 5,000bpd modular refinery in Ibigwe, Ohaji/Egbema council area of Imo state,
“The plan is that on July 18, DPR will come and do the final check in terms of giving us approval to introduce hydrocarbon into the refinery. So, between now and the end of July this refinery in addition to the one we have in Ibigwe will become operational.
“This will be the second refinery that will switch on in July. Currently, one of our refineries is working, which is Watersmith modular refinery that is producing 5,000bpd and serving the eastern market. In terms of our modular refinery operation, by July, this one will go live to tell you that there are modular refineries working in the country.
“There has been substantial improvements. In March, we were here to do our inspection and also had a board meeting. During the meeting, the board mandated duport to carry out a lot of activities with a view to officially commissioning this in June.
Chief Executive Officer of DMCL, Akintoye Akindele, disclosed that production will commence after the country’s regulatory body conducts the final assessment of the facility, adding that pending that assessment, the facility can only process 60million-scf of gas daily. According to him, though the refinery has the capacity to produce 10,000bpd, it will however, commence operation with 2,500bpd.
“At the moment, we can process 60-million-scf of gas daily. This refinery is a 10,000 barrel per day refinery, starting with 2,500 barrel per day. The power plant capacity is over 50 megawatts and we are starting with five megawatts. We have a 32 racks data center that can go up to 100 racks.
“Without the NCDMB, this will not be possible. Not only did they invest in us, they held our hands through the process, supporting us, guiding us and letting us tap into their experiences,” he noted.