The only solution to the nation’s lingering fuel crisis rests in modular refineries where individuals can refine petroleum products in smaller scales, the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Nsima Ekere, has said.
He also said the refineries would create jobs and help ensure peace in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
He explained that the establishment of the refineries was significant as the facilities would boost fuel supply in the country with their capacity to refine 300,000 barrels of crude oil a day.
According to him, two of the 10 refineries – Amakpe Refinery meant to be located in Akwa Ibom State and OPAC Refinery to be based in Delta State – have their mini-refineries modules already fabricated, assembled and containerised overseas, ready for shipment to Nigeria for installation.
Ekere, who participated in the recent meeting of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led Niger Delta Inter-Ministerial Committee in which the report of the modular refineries was received, praised the Osinbajo for his role in bringing investment and development to the Niger Delta.