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How Modular refinery will end illegal oil bunkering in Niger Delta

The Federal Government has restated its commitment to encourage both local and foreign investors to key into its plans to grant licence for the establishment of modular refineries, adding that such establishment would end illegal oil bunkering in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.

It noted that President Muhammadu Buhari was deeply worried about the activities of illegal bunkerers in the region whose actions were causing huge environmental degradation and pollution thus has decided to encourage most especially local investors to key into the project instead of involving themselves in actions that are detrimental to the general wellbeing of the region.



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The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu stated this when he granted an audience to a delegation of America Modular Refinery Investor Missouri American Energy Moham led by former Chairman of the Delta State Oil producing Areas Development Commission, Chief Wellington Okirika at his office in Abuja.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by Chief Wellington Okirika SSA on Media and Publicity, Prince Monday Whiskey, on Missouri American Energy Moham readiness to support the establishment of the Gbaramatu Modular Refinery.

The statement quoting the minister said, “President Mohammadu Buhari is deeply worried about the huge environmental degradation and environmental pollution that is associated with the unprofessional, unscientific and unconventional methods being adopted by local refinery operators in the country, hence the Federal government has taken a decision to encourage the establishment of modular refinery with serious encouragement to local refinery operators to key into the project.




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“The President is so concerned about the Niger Delta environment and has assured the ministries and all its agencies of his readiness to ensure that some of the bureaucratic requirements needed for the establishments of such a refinery would be relaxed so that foreign investors like Missouri American Energy Moham and Community Capital Group of Canada can be encouraged to do business under the new dispensation.”

Kachikwu, who was represented by the Executive Director/Coordinator NNPC Refinery, Downstream and Infrastructural Development, Engr. Rabiu Suleiman, added that the federal government would encourage local operators from the region to do legitimate petroleum refining business without necessarily hurting the environment and polluting it.

“The Federal Government is very pleased with Gbaramatu Kingdom for organizing themselves and coming up with such laudable and achievable partnership programme and most especially keying into the Federal Government program aimed at discouraging local and crude method of refining products that has far reaching environmental implications on our ecosystem.

“It’ will further address youths’ restiveness and militancy. This is the most serious investors that we have seen in recent time and we would be happy to see that this pioneer Modular Refinery in Niger Delta comes into reality”, the Petroleum Resources Minister added.


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Earlier, a leader of the delegation, Okirika, had informed the minister that Gbaramatu Modular Refinery is a group of major oil and gas producing communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom Escravos, Warri South West Local Government Council of Delta State with Eight (8) flow stations of Jones Creek, Odidi I and Odidi II  Egwa I and  Egwa II, all former SPDC flow stations now being operated by Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.

“Already the project site has been surveyed and cleared, feasibilities studies and bankable business plans have been prepared by Financial Bridge, Miami USA; all that is needed now is friendly governmental policies that will encourage the growth and sustainability of such business ventures”, he stated.

The President Missouri American Energy Moham, Mr Henry Iwenofu disclosed that two hundred million USD ($200,000,000.00) has already been earmarked for the take off of fabrication and installation of Modular refinery components in the USA and Nigeria.

Iwenofu added, “Another Two Hundred Million USD ($200,000,000.00) is readily available for infrastructural development within his area of operations. All Missouri American Energy Moham needed is a friendly business environment with governmental policies and programmes that will enable the refinery strive and achieved its desired objectives.”


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