The Chairman of OPAC Refinery, Mr. Momoh Jimah Oyarekhua, has said the first phase of the refinery is designed for 7,000 barrels per day (bpd) to deliver additional domestic quality products.
When completed, it is expected to produce Heavy Fuel Oil (FO), Naphtha, Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Kerosene, Oyerekhua said, adding that based on crude availability, the refinery will be upgraded in two phases – the first phase will be the installation of two additional modules of 7,000bpd to bring the refining capacity to 21,000 bpd.
The phase he said, is planned for implementation within one year from commissioning of the first phase. Subsequently, a 40,000bpd conventional refinery will be added to this project and will be designed to produce petrol in the nearest possible future.
Expressing appreciation at the interest and support given to the project by the Federal Government, he assured that apart from OPAC refinery helping to bridge the needs of fuel consumption in Nigeria, the host community will also benefit from jobs and other auxiliary businesses that is expected to be attracted to the area.
In his remarks, the Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources in charge of Refining and Downstream Infrastructure, Engr. Rabiu Suleiman on behalf of the Minister, commended the local investors and their partners for the initiative and commitment, urging them to fast track the pace of work, while also pledging government support to the projects completion on schedule.
He stated that aside jobs creation for the immediate communities, the project will alleviate the economic fortunes of the surrounding villages and communities and when operational, the products produced will help improve the challenges associated with importation, supply and distribution of petroleum products in the country.
The OPAC modular refinery is located in Kwale, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State.