Thursday, February 16, 2012

Establish 12 modular refineries in N-Delta – Okirika

14 February 2012

By Emma Amaize

WARRI—FORMER chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief Wellington Okirika, has called on the Federal Government to establish 12 modular refineries in the core Niger Delta states of  Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom to fast-track deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

Okirika, who made the call in Warri, Delta State, said: “Modular refineries are the quick solution to the importation of refined petroleum products in Nigeria.

“Niger Delta has comparative advantage in the establishment of refineries because of its crude oil base, the best option is to establish two to three modular refineries in the core states of the Niger Delta- Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom, making a total of 12 refineries with a total capacity of 240,000 barrels per day, of refined petroleum products.”

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