… At 10,000 barrels of crude per day
By Festus Ahon and Ochuko Akuopha
Alexis Refinery has finalized plans to start a $ 15 million modular refinery project in Abuator Community, Ndokwe East Local Government Area, Delta State.
Addressing journalists on Thursday, after an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) / Community Engagement Workshop that involved host and neighboring communities, Refinery Managing Director Mr. Joey Obue said that it is expected that The refinery, when completed, will refine 10,000 barrels of crude.
Revealing that the location is 100 meters from Agip’s flow line, he said: “We are right in front of Agip and Agip is supplying the crude oil. The grade of crude produced in Nigeria is very light. So the crude comes from Agip.
“The community we are in is an integral part of the project, they are stakeholders in the project. We don’t just patronize them. The community owns a one percent stake in the project.
“It means that they own the project, this is apart from the normal community commitment, they own the project,” revealing that incorporating them into the plans indicates the new spirit of the Petroleum Industrial Law Project, GDP, the government is trying to put into its place.
“The community must be an interested party, otherwise when they see the pipelines, they go and damage them because they do not have a sense of belonging but if they are eating from the pipeline, they will not harm it, they will protect it.”
He said that all the neighboring communities, Okpai, Benekuku and Aboh, would be swept away.
Also speaking, the Chief Economic Advisor to the State Governor, Dr. Kingsley Emu, assured that the state government would create the right environment for the refinery to take off.
He said: “The government has a 10 percent minimum already approved by Exco in this business. So, you can see that it is a great commitment to the project.
“So, for the government, we are especially interested in the numerous effects and impacts on society. First, there is the creation of jobs and the opening of that space ”.