By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), has said that the 10,000bpd capacity, Duport Modular Refinery project is being developed with equity contribution from the NCDMB, in line with the Nigeria government’s policy of catalyzing modular refining, and increasing in-country refining of petroleum products.

NCDMB executive secretary, Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote, who spoke while on a tour of the site attested that work is on track and would be completed before the end of this year. The refinery is being established at Egbokor, Edo State by Duport Midstream Company Limited in partnership with the Board 

He said the modules for the 2 Megawatts power plant and the control room were being fabricated and assembled in Lagos for delivery to the site. The modular refinery is part of the Duport Energy Park conceived to include a 30 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing facility and a power plant.

Wabote assured that the installations and civil works at the plant as well as all mechanical works would be concluded before the 23rd of December 2021, adding that by first quarter of 2022, the gas gathering facility will also be completed.

The NCDMB boss further hinted that local content opportunities on the project are numerous, adding that 100% of the total workforce are all Nigerians from the clearing of the site to the civil works. He also said that all the contracting and sub-contracting phase of the project went through local businesses.

Wabote emphasized that one of the key benefits of the Board’s partnerships for the establishment of modular refineries is the steady rebuilding of local skills in refinery operations especially amongst the nation’s teeming young workforce.

While expressing delight over the progress of work done at the project site he said: “I am impressed. It is part of what we try to do at NCDMB when we take up any project, we follow it through end to end to see that it is delivered, and we are very optimistic this will also be delivered at the right time with the right quality”.

Also speaking, the chief executive officer, Duport Midstream Company Limited, Dr. Akintoye Akindele, appreciated the Board for its continuous partnership, maintaining that NCDMB support has been invaluable and goes beyond the capital support to include catalyzing the new project.

He reiterated that Duport Energy Park is the first smart energy park in the world that comprises of a 10,000 barrels per day modular refinery, a 60 million standard cubic feet per day gas gathering facility, a 50MW power plant and a data analysis centre.

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