27 Modular Refineries In Nigeria To Produce 375,000 Bpd- DPR

Yemisi Izuora

The Director and Chief Executive of Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Mr.

Auwalu, has said that efforts of government to end petrol importation would soon be actualised, as 27 Modular refineries under various stages of completion have combined capacity of 375,000 barrels per day, bpd.

This capacity when added to the 650,000 barrels from the Dangote

refinery and the 450,000 barrels from existing government refineries, Nigeria would assume net exporter of refined petroleum products by 2022.

The Director provided the information when he received the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in his office.

He said the agency has keyed into the diversification agenda of the present

Administration by providing the enabling environment and pushing for

the local production of fertilizer to boost agriculture in the

country.

The Director said the DPR pushed for the production of fertilizer,

citing Indorama, Notore and Dangote among the companies that are now

into massive production of fertilizer

“I can tell you that in the next year and half, we will be a net

exporter of fertilizer because that is the bedrock of agriculture and

that is what we will deliberately push to key into this government’s

sense of diversification,” he said.

Auwalu said the government is also implementing a 6-billion-standard-cubic-feet gas supply per day to lay the foundation for the industrial and economic growth of the country.

He said the projects consist of the Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben pipeline for 2.2 billion standard cubic feet of gas, which is near completion; the 2.2 billion standard cubic feet Escravos-Lagos pipeline to power the entire South-West Geo-political Zone and the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline to convey 2.2 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day.

The DPR Director took the Minister and his entourage round the

National Production Management System, where the agency monitors

real-time the production and transportation of crude oil vessels; the

Server Room that coordinates the Integrated Digital Platforms; the

Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Network; and the online

monitoring of marginal fields, among other platforms.

He said the  Dangote integrated refinery and petrochemical project with 650,000 barrels per day, the biggest in Africa; Waltersmith refinery with 7,000 capacity per day; and others that were almost near completion would come on stream.

The existing five included the four plants owned by the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the one owned and operated by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources.

Auwalu said that the aspiration of DPR was to grow the oil reserve to 40 billion barrels; and gas to 210 trillion cubic feet.

He added that the department would also grow oil production from its current 2.4 million capacity to three million production capacity; and as well reduced cost of production.

“Currently, we have oil prospective license about 61, more than 2, 000 wells that are producing crude oil; and condensate, we have about 125 wells producing gas.

“We equally have 20 floating, loading, and offloading vessels. 28 oil terminals; several float stations; and oil and gas processing factories,” he said.

The director said that none of the functional oil facilities stopped work because of the COVID-19 pandemic; and the country maintained production and export.

In his remarks, the minister commended the management of DPR for the measures taken to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic to cripple the nation’s economy.

The minister also commended the government agency for its role in sustaining peace in the host communities of Niger Delta which had resulted in a halt in pipeline vandalism and restiveness.

“What the DPR does goes far beyond technology because their engagement of the oil-producing communities is very key. When we came in 2015, production had dipped because of the restiveness in the Niger Delta.

“It is not by accident that we have some stability and modicum of peace in that area today. It is because of the policies that have been put in place to continue to engage the communities,” he said.

“The fact that the DPR took measures to ensure that the real impact of

COVID 19 on the economy of Nigeria is not felt too much, I think we

must thank you on behalf of Nigerians,” he said.

Mohammed, said despite the crash of oil prices due to the impact of the pandemic, and the cut in production by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting

Countries (OPEC), the astuteness of the management of DPR kept

Nigeria’s economy afloat.

He said beyond regulating and managing the nation’s oil and gas

industry, the DPR is also engaging with oil producing communities to

ensure there is sustained peace for investment to grow into fruition

in the Niger Delta Region.

“What the DPR does goes far beyond technical because their engagement

of the oil producing communities is very key. When we came in 2015,

production had dipped because of the restiveness in the Niger Delta.

“It’s not by accident that we have some stability and modicum of peace

in that area today. It’s because of the policies that have been put in

place to continue to engage the communities,” the Minister said.

He also commended the DPR for the accountability it exhibits in the

management of the flow of revenue to the nation, which goes straight

into the Treasury Single Account, as well as utilizing technology to

account for every molecule of oil and gas extracted in the country.

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