Oil rig at sea
Oil rig at sea

Barring any last minute administrative or technical setback, Kogi state would soon join the big league of Nigeria?s oil producing states when its first 200,000 barrels per day(bpd) refinery, undertaken by Creek Refinery and Petrochemicals in conjunction with the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association(IPMAN) comes on stream from next year.

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This was disclosed by Elder Chinedu Okoronkwo, the National President of IPMAN who is representing the promoters of the new project in an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Awka yesterday, shortly after an IPMAN executives meeting.

This may permanently lay to rest all the crises and bloodletting between some Kogi communities and their neighbouring Anambra communities over the ownership of oil wells currently being drilled by Orient Petroleum/Refinery Plc which went into operations mid 2012.
Okoronkwo disclosed that another 200,000bpd refinery, by Aggrey Petrochemicals and Refinery Ltd is coming up in Bayelsa state.

According to him, “It is no more a hidden thing, that as we speak now, the government and good people of Kogi state have given us over a thousand hectares of land to build a refinery. The people of Bayelsa have done so too. We have gone to the two states with our foreign counterparts for site inspection. All the technical works are already in progress. The President is graciously in favour of our efforts.
The project, he stated, “includes building of a seaport in Abia state, with an industrial park that would open up the area because in that industrial park, we will have fertilizer manufacturing company and processing plant. A lot of other ancillary industries will come up there, including petrochemical industries also. There would be over 26 oil tanks that would aid products storage, distribution and exportation. The focus is going to be mainly on our neighbouring African countries.
It is expected to provide more than two thousand(2000) high net worth direct employment opportunities were anticipated to be provided, while about ten thousand(10,000)indirect employment opportunities would also be created by both refineries.
According to the oil chief, ?the technical drawings/designs are already being tidied up. And soon the actual construction would commence.? Among other projects coming together with the turnkey project put at about 20billion dollars on completion were seaports, petrochemical plants and refineries.

They target to refine imported crude oil from other countries, while hopefully exporting not just Nigerian crude oil but high grade refined products too.
Their Peruvian technical partners have already been working actively to meet all technical projections.
Okoronkwo disclosed that series of very fruitful deliberations have been going on between key Nigerian promoters of the venture and officials of the Petroleum Resources Ministry and the department of Petroleum Resources.
Actual construction works on both the Kogi and Bayelsa sites respectively were expected to commence within the first quarter of next year. While actual production which he noted would come in phases would begin before the end of 2015.

He also confirmed that the preliminary works, surveys and the clearing of the sites have been completed
When this feat is eventually achieved, it could avail Kogi state the right to be admitted into elite club of the nation’s oil producing states as the 10th and latest member.

President Goodluck Jonathan while commissioning the facilities of the Orient Petroleum Resources and Refineries Plc on Aug 30, 2012 classified Anambra state as the newest member of that elite big bucks club.
Anambra state has been confirmed to have oil and gas deposits in commercial quantity since about 1958 but was said to be for “strategic reserves”. But following agitations by the state government to be accorded all the rights and privileges of an oil producing state, it was reminded that such were for ‘oil producing states’ only. That apparently necessitated their efforts from 2001 when an oil investors’ forum was organized by the state government at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos aimed to be a springboard to launch an economic revolution in the state into the current millennium They therefore intensified efforts to commence actual production of oil, even if it was just ten cups.

But so far, more than two years after, Anambra state government says they were yet to be so accorded in real terms. so no one knows how long it would take Kogi when they eventually beginning to prospect oil from any of its wells.

Source: From Chuks Collins, Awka


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