The Edo Modular Refinery, being developed by Edo Refinery and Petrochemical Company Limited (ERPC) with support from the Edo State Government, has been declared operational by Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Obaseki said this shortly after the refinery’s Managing Director, Tim Tian, showed him around the facilities.
“We travelled to China three years ago to sign this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); I am very impressed that work has moved at such an astounding pace, despite the delay caused by the COVID-19 outbreak,” the governor said.
“The plant is ready to receive crude oil; it is ready to process and deliver products. They have done the pre-commissioning with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). They have certified the refinery as ready for production.
“What we have left now is to finalise the crude oil sale contract; these facilities have to get a certain type of crude from the Escravos line and that is being finalised. I hope that before the end of August, we should start lifting products from these facilities,” he said.
In addition, Owen Akenzua, the traditional ruler of the Ologbo community, stated that he is pleased that a project of this magnitude is being built in his community.
“My people are excited that such a project will go a long way in improving the socio-economic development of our community. The governor has this project dear to his heart; not only this project but the power plant is also situated in Ologbo.
“The OSSIOMO power plant is capable of generating power for the immediate environment and the state at large; we are glad that this project is sited here,” he said.
Tim Tian, Managing Director of the Edo Modular Refinery, responded by thanking the governor for his contribution to the project’s realization.
Tian, who cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a major challenge that hampered the project, stated that the refinery is now ready to produce crude oil products.