IPMAN, Investors in Talks for Modular Refineries

April 5, 2024
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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) is mulling the idea of building modular refineries and it is discussing this with some investors.

The Principal Consultant to IPMAN, Mr Maurice Ibe, disclosed this when he appeared on Prime Time, a programme on Arise News Channel, on Wednesday night.

He was on the show to discuss the supply of diesel and jet fuel to the local oil market by Dangote Refinery.

He said that while the 650,000 barrels per day refinery was a welcomed development, Nigeria would need more than one working refinery, noting that the country could work better and eliminate supply issues by having small refineries spread all over the country

To this effect, the association was speaking to investors to see how that could happen.

Mr Ibu also stressed the need for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to explain to Nigerians how funds deployed for oil drilling at the Kolmani River between Bauchi and Gombe states were expended 16 months after former President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the project with a lot of fanfare and publicity.

He said NNPC was the right authority to provide information on what happened in the project which is estimated to hold about 1 billion barrels of crude oil reserve and 500 billion cubic feet of gas deposit.

Also, the Kolmani Integrated Development Project, which had reportedly attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of about $3 billion, was designed to house a 120,000-barrels per day refinery, a 500-million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant, a 300-megawatt capacity power plant, and a fertiliser plant of 2,500 tons per day.

According to the IPMAN consultant, many of the association’s members had argued for and against the drilling campaign in Kolmani, and said that some people think it was a waste of resources.

He added that there needs to be transparency on the money spent in the process, calling on the NNPC to tell the country everything concerning the drilling campaign.

“Honestly, I will try not to delve into that issue. It’s actually within the realm of NNPC. They are better informed, they have the data, they have the feasibility, and they are the ones supervising that project. So, I will not want to delve into discussing that issue in Bauchi.

“A lot of members have argued for and against it. Some think it’s a waste of resources, others think that it is good to explore. So, I would stay neutral on that. I think NNPC would be the better people to speak on what is happening with.

“Frankly, there is a lot that meets the eye, but we don’t have all the information. We are not on the ground. A lot of money has been spent.

“A lot of money has been abused in that process, and what we are saying is that NNPC needs to tell the country what is happening, what has happened, how the resources have been deployed and what has been achieved.

“If it is a total waste of resources, the country needs to know and somebody needs to account for it. But for now, nobody so far is saying anything,” he stressed.

He also said IPMAN had been at the forefront in advocating that the public refineries be made functional, saying that the country’s refineries have been virtually comatose for many years after billions of Dollars were spent on them without producing a single litre of petroleum products.

“The government must do more, pressure more on those currently servicing these refineries to get them functional. Dangote is doing his best. We applaud him for what he has done.“But the country still can’t and will not feel the effect of Dangote Refinery for now because if you look at the price at the pump, PMS is still N680, N660 in some places, some parts of the country are selling at N700 per litre,” he said.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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