The Waltersmith Modular Refinery expansion is projected to be completed by Q2/2025.
This information comes from Abdulrazaq Isa, the Chief Executive Officer of Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited.
He made this announcement on Tuesday, November 21, while addressing the press during a tour of the modular refinery.
Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited hosted Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri, during a visit to the 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Ohaji-Egbema, Imo state.
Abdulrazaq Isa, the Chief Executive Officer of Waltersmith Petroman Company, which owns the modular refinery, highlighted that the refinery is efficiently managed, and its products are in demand nationwide.
However, he emphasized the necessity to expand operations to cope with the increasing demand for their products.
The Waltersmith modular refinery, established in collaboration with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), is located near the Ibigwe marginal field flow station.
During the tour to inspect the expansion of the modular refinery, the Honorable Minister expressed confidence in its management and assured the government’s full support for the company’s needs.
He emphasized his efforts in pushing the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to expedite the completion of the Port Harcourt refinery, which was initially scheduled to be finished by December 2023.
Simbi Wabote, the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, hailed the Waltersmith Modular refinery as a success story, highlighting its production of nearly 600 million litres of various petroleum products.
He also noted that approximately 20 trucks carrying petroleum products leave the refinery daily.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Industry, Olasupo Olusi, who was present during the inspection, stressed that providing additional support to the modular refinery would aid in stabilizing the oil sector, managing inflation, and handling fiscal pressures more effectively.
On November 1, 2023, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) said it would enforce crude supply obligations to local refineries.
The NUPRC said it is committed to upholding the domestic crude oil supply requirements outlined in Section 109 of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) of 2021 to ensure ample crude oil provision to local/modular refineries.
That part of the PIA mandates the NUPRC to allocate domestic crude oil supply obligations based on the National Crude Oil demand requirement supply curve to respective lessees.
The NUPRC urged crude oil producers to consistently provide the NUPRC with details regarding their committed and uncommitted barrels.
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