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Centre Writes Buhari Over Licences For Repentant Artisanal Refiners

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The Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre, YEAC, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to issue modular refinery licenses to repentant artisanal refiners, who have formed and registered themselves into co-operative societies, in order to dissuade them from returning to the creeks.
YEAC in an open letter to the President, recalled that Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo, (then Acting President) in 2017 had assured of the establishment of modular refineries for youths involved in artisanal crude oil refining in the Niger Delta, as a way of curbing oil theft, vandalism and environmental pollution in the country.
Executive Director of YEAC, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, also recalled that the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, had also directed artisanal crude oil refiners to register and form into co-operative societies, for the easy issuance of modular refinery licenses.
Fyneface, who is also the National Facilitator, Project with Artisanal Crude Oil Refiners for Modular Refineries in the Niger Delta, said as a result, the group has commenced the process of registering artisanal refiners for the formation of co-operative aocieties for modular refineries, since 2019.
He spoke at the inauguration and presentation of three cooperative societies in Delta State to the Federal Government, namely, Delta North Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd, Delta Central Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd, and Delta South Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd.
Advocacy Centre also announced that the group was on the move to inaugurate more modular refinery co-operative societies in other Niger Delta States.
“It is against these brief backgrounds that we write you this open letter to formally present to you, three Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Societies of artisanal crude oil refiners in Delta State for you to issue them Modular Refinery Licenses as promised.
“They are; Delta North Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd with Christian Obokana (08033938770) as President; Delta Central Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd with Cyril Oghenevwede (08032364268) as President and Delta South Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd, with Clever Donokoromor (07065439069) as President.
“These three co-operative societies are also today collectively inaugurated as the pioneer members of “Delta State Association of Modular Refinery Multi-Purpose Co-operative Societies” with Clever Donokoromor as the Chairman.
“These are the authentic platforms of the real artisanal crude oil refiners who have stopped and embraced your policy on Modular Refineries as alternative means of livelihood in Delta State. In the days ahead, we will inaugurate and also present to you, Modular Refinery Co-operative Societies in other Niger Delta States.”
Again, the Advocacy Centre appealed to the Federal Government to established a scheme similar to PAGMI, to polish and streamlined artisanal refiners just like it was obtainable with artisanal gold miners in the North.
“While thanking you for taking this bold step to address issues around youths and artisanal crude oil refining in the Niger Delta through modular refineries, it is our recommendation that you speed-up the process and also kindly consider and establish a “Presidential Artisanal Crude Oil Refining Development Initiative (PACORDI)” for artisanal crude oil refiners in the Niger Delta, similar to the “Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI)” in parts of the North and Western Nigeria.
“We look forward to having you issue Modular Refinery Licenses to these Co-operative Societies so that they do not cite Government unseriousness and return to the creeks to cause more damage to oil facilities and our fragile environment.
“On our part as an organization, we will continue partnering with your government to address this and related issues in the Niger Delta and strengthen our facilitation of international development partners to co-fund the Modular Refinery projects for artisanal crude oil refiners in the Niger Delta.”

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Lawmaker Applauds Wike On Curbing Oil Theft, Illegal Refineries

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The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Host Communities, Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor, has commended the Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for stern steps taken to curb the activities of illegal refining of crude oil,  called ‘Kpo-fire’ in local parlance.
Recall that the Governor also declared the operators wanted during a personal visit to the sites of the illegal business in Ikwerre and Emohua Local Government Areas of the State.
Dekor, who is the member representing Khana/Gokana in the House of Representatives, made the commendation while addressing a cross section of Rivers youths in Abuja.
He noted that the proactive steps taken by Governor Wike in declaring operators of the illegal business of Kpo-fire wanted, apprehending many others and his physical visit to some sites of the illegal refineries would significantly reduce the menace of soot and its attendant environmental and health degradation in the State.
“You all know that the State has been battling the challenge of soot worsened by the illegal business of refining petroleum products, popularly called kpo-fire.
“You are also aware of the agony, pains and sicknesses associated with the environmental hazard, which has regularly contaminated the air in our dear state with devastating health implications”, he said.
Dekor in his commendation, said, “you will recall, His Excellency has in his new year broadcast promised to tackle head-on illegal crude oil refining activities in the state for the collective health survival of Rivers people.
“It is in view of this, that I want to thank the Governor for his prompt action taken towards addressing this ugly trend”, the lawmaker stated.
He used the opportunity to call on all community leaders to join hands with the State Governor in the struggle to bring an end to oil theft and illegal crude oil refining activities in their localities in order to end the menace of soot in the State by reporting those behind the illegal business in their communities to relevant law enforcement agencies.
The federal lawmaker also appealed to his constituents to desist from oil theft and illegal crude oil refining activities, while warning that anyone caught would be made to face the full weight of the law.
He said the noticeable blanket of soot in the skies across the state, in our homes and on clothes are largely due to the upsurge in illegal bunkering business in the Niger Delta of which Rivers State appears to be one of the epicenters.
Dekor frowned at the seeming reluctance of the Federal Government and regulatory agencies in taking measures to mitigate the menace of soot in the Niger Delta and urged them to rise up to take responsibility in protecting the lives of the people and those living in the region.

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa

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NLNG Approves Supply Of LPG To Nigerian Market

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The Board of Directors of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited has approved the supply of 100 per cent of the company’s LPG production (Propane & Butane) to the Nigerian market.
To this end, NLNG will prioritise the domestic market for 100 per cent of its Butane production, otherwise known as cooking gas.
The milestone is coming three months after the company supplied its first propane cargo into the domestic market and has developed a scheme to sustainably supply Propane for usage in cooking gas blending, as well as in agro-allied, autogas, power and petrochemical sectors of the Nigerian economy to further deepen gas utilisation in Nigeria.
These initiatives, according to the firm, are designed to increase LPG availability in Nigeria, diversifying its uses and support the Federal Government’s Decade of Gas initiative.
NLNG is currently the highest single supplier of LPG into the domestic market, with an estimated 400,000 metric tonnes supplied in 2021.
Speaking, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLNG, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, said the announcement marked the company’s strong commitment to the continued growth of the domestic LPG market and its passion to increase utilisation of one of the most versatile energy sources in the world.
Mshelbila explained that natural gas could help drive the country’s economy by providing cooking gas for homes, supporting industrialisation, powering mobile cell sites and complex transportation systems, impacting food supply through its usage for fertilizer production and increasing power supply to both homes and industries while reducing the country’s carbon footprint.
“Gas, as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, has become an essential energy source to be reckoned with during this energy transition period. Other countries are revolutionising their energy industry to cut down on carbon emissions drastically. Nigeria should not be left out in this drive, considering its abundant gas resources.
“Gas is essential for life and living at the moment, because it can support everything, we will need to develop our economy and create better living standards for Nigerians. We need to change the narrative, and NLNG is being pragmatic about it”, he said.

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FCMB Boosts Modular Refinery 

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An energy park, consisting of a modular refinery, gas processing facility, compressed natural gas plant, a refined product terminal, a 20 megawatts power plant and data centre constructed by Duport Midstream Company Limited and financed by First City Monument Bank (FCMB) is set for completion and commissioning in March this year.
Mrs. Yemisi Edun, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of FCMB, announced this during an inspection tour of the management of the bank to the facility located at Egbokor, Orhionmwon Local Government Area in Edo State.
Speaking after assessing the project, Mrs. Edun restated the commitment of the bank to championing and supporting initiatives that would fast-track national development across all sectors of the economy.
According to her, “our partnership with Duport Midstream Company Limited is progressive and will positively impact many sectors of the economy. So, we are excited to fund this project and pleased with the progress achieved.
“It will help meet part of our local petroleum consumption needs, reducing fuel importation and forex loss when fully operational. Replicating this model will strengthen the value of the naira in the long run and create job opportunities in the petroleum value chain”, she said..
Also speaking, the CEO of Duport Midstream Company Limited, Dr. Akintoye Akindele, affirmed that the project would be commissioned in March as soon as the government approves it.
According to him, “the regulator will come for inspection and ensure that all we designed are ready. Then, we will start testing in the next 30 to 45 days for the government to confirm that it meets all standards.
“However, this will be delivered in modules: Phase one will be going live in the next 30 days. After we get approval from the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority to go live, we will start with a 2,500 barrel per day refinery, 40-million-scf gas processing, 5 megawatts power, a data centre and almost 20,000 metric tonnes of storage.
“Our plan after the initial take-off is to add the other modules to it quarterly and biannually. In that way, we will be able to utilise assets optimally, avoid wastage, look after the environment and create jobs”, he said.
Dr. Akindele added that when the energy park finally comes on stream, it would leverage infrastructure to deliver energy to the country, reduce dependence on importation of petroleum products, create jobs and ensure optimal utilisation of the nation’s assets.
He further disclosed that the company also has expansion plans for a 10,000 barrel per day refinery, 60-million-scf gas processing plant, 10-million-scf compressed natural gas plant, 50 megawatts power plant, which are part of the facilities to be delivered in the park.
FCMB is a member of FCMB Group Plc, Nigeria’s leading and most diversified financial holding company with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their respective segments. The Bank has built a strong base in various sectors of the nation’s economy by consistently offering cutting-edge solutions to its customers across segments.
Having transformed successfully into a retail banking and wealth management-led group, FCMB expects to continue to distinguish itself through innovation and the delivery of exceptional services.

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