The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva will commission a 5,000 barrels per day (BPD) modular refinery located in Ibigwe, Imo State on 24 November 2020.
In a letter to Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Chairman, Waltersmith Refining and Petrochemical Co Limited, Mr Abdulrasaq Isa, acknowledged the Commission’s support in the journey to setting up the project. NIPC is happy to note that the company will now commence operations to refine crude oil, a significant boost to Nigeria’s local refining capabilities.
This 5,000 BPD project which will be commissioned under the chairmanship of the Governor of Imo State, Chief Hope Uzodinma, is the first of a three-phase project. In the second phase, a 25,000 BPD capacity will be added and another 20,000 BPD, to bring the capacity to 50,000 BPD in the third and final phase.
Waltersmith Refining and Petrochemical Company is a Joint venture (JV) between Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB); Waltersmith with 70 per cent equity and NCDMB with 30 per cent equity.
NIPC is the agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria mandated to encourage, promote and coordinate investments in the country.