Abuja - The Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has issued an operational license to Rivers State Government for the construction of the Omega-Butler Refinery.
The project, will be sited at Ikpokiri in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of the State, is poised to boost oil production in the country and create job opportunities for local communities.
“The Rivers State Government is committed to the completion of this project because of the benefits it stands to gain in terms of employment of our people and other economic ventures which our people stand to leverage to better their living standards,”Okey Amadi, the State Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, said.
The proposed Rivers-Omega Butler Refinery a Public Private Partnership
(PPP) initiative is a conventional modular refinery.
According to experts, the Refinery which could be constructed within a time line of 18 months will have a production capacity of between 5 000 and 10 000 barrels per day (bpd) and can be upgradable to a maximum capacity of 30 000 bpd depending on demand.
Amadi called on locals to co-operate with core-investors for the immediate commencement of the project.
Responding on behalf of the community, Chief Jonah Tamuno thanked the State Government for considering Ikpokiri.
“I want to assure that the people of Ikpokiri are committed to the success of this project and would do everything possible to ensure that it commences without any hitches,” he said. - CAJ News