Edo Refinery begins production, sets to expand capacity to 21,000bpd in March  

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Government-backed Edo Modular Refinery has begun production at its 6,000bpd plant in Ologbo, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

The facility, with its feedstock can produce 50 per cent of diesel (500,000 litres), 25 percent of naphtha (300,000 litres), and 20 percent of Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) (200,000) litres. 

The company got its first supply of 10,000 barrels of crude feedstock from Decklar Resources Inc. and its co-venture, Millennium Oil & Gas Company Limited, which operates the Oza Oil Field.

The refinery was developed by Edo Refinery and Petrochemical Company Limited (ERPC) with support from the state government through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The company, in a statement, said it will complete the phase II of the project in March, 2023, which adds 12,000bpd capacity to cap production at 21,000bpd.

The modular refinery is the first of two such projects in the state, alongside the Duport Refinery, which is operated by Duport Midstream Company Limited.

The two modular refineries were attracted into the state on the back of reforms by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to boost investment inflow and drive industrialization in the state.

The delivery of the 10,000 barrels of crude from Decklar and Millennium to Edo Refinery was conducted under the terms of the sales agreement of which an invoice has been issued and payment received. The initial agreement provided for deliveries totaling 10,000 bbls, and a new agreement is being negotiated for the delivery of an additional 30,000 bbls.

According to the report, the parties are also in discussions to potentially agree upon a monthly minimum quantity of barrels of Oza Oil Field crude to be sold to the refinery going forward.

“Decklar and Millenium have received payment on the first invoice for delivered crude under the 10,000 bbls sale agreement with Edo refinery,” Decklar, a Canadian producer of Nigerian marginal oil fields was quoted saying in the report.

It noted it has also issued an invoice for the delivery of the first 5,000 bbls as part of the 30,000 bbl sale agreement with the Edo Refinery with payment expected in approximately three weeks.

“With continued production and delivery of crude oil it is expected that regular billing and receipts of sales proceeds will occur,’’ Decklar said.

According to Decklar, trucking of oil from the Oza Field is ongoing to the Edo refinery facility.

“Ten trucks are currently in operation and are capable of delivering approximately 2,500 bbls every four days. Additional trucks are expected to be contracted over the next few weeks to increase delivery capacity,” Decklar said.

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