The management of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board said on Wednesday that construction of the 2,000 barrels per day modular refinery in Brass, Bayelsa State, will commence very soon.
The modular refinery is the fourth supported by the NCDMB under the Federal Government’s plan to use modular refineries to drive the development of the Niger Delta region.
The board had injected equity capital funds in three modular refineries with the Waltersmith 5000 bpd modular refinery at Ibigwe, Imo already in operation.
Others are the 12,000 bpd Hydroskimming modular refinery being constructed by Azikel Petroleum Limited at Obunagha, Gbarain, Bayelsa and the 2,500 bpd modular refinery being developed by Duport Midstream Company as part of its Energy Park in Egbokor, Edo.
The Manager, Corporate Communications, NCDMB, Naboth Onyesoh, said in a statement on Wednesday that the projects also included a power plant and logistics jetty to provide support for oil and gas operations.
He said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, performed the groundbreaking ceremony of an Energy Infrastructure Park on Saturday at Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
Onyesoh said the minister also commissioned three Corporate Social Responsibility projects executed by the Atlantic International Refinery for the people of the Okpoama Kingdom.
The projects included the Okpoama Cottage Hospital, Iseleama Health Centre and Okpoama Community Water Works.
The statement quoted Sylva as saying at the event that one of the best strategies to curb restiveness in the Niger Delta region was to create jobs and opportunities for youths.
The minister also said that part of his mandate is to collaborate with players in the private sector to establish oil and gas facilities, including modular refineries.