Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that the Edo Refinery will commence operation in August this year
Obaseki made the disclosure after a tour of the refinery, situated in Ologbo, Ikpoba-Okha local government of the state.
Speaking with newsmen, the Edo State governor expressed joy that work on the plant has moved to such a great speed in spite of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the
pre-commissioning with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has been done and the plant certified okay, adding that what is left is to finalize the crude sales contract which would be done in the next two weeks
“Three years ago, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)/ was signed. You can see that MoU works. So far, I am very impressed that the plant has moved in such a speed.
“Despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the refinery is ready to receive crude oil, ready to process and to deliver refined products.
“They have done the pre-commissioning with the DPR and they have certified the plant okay and what we have left now is the final crude sales contract because they have to get crude from Escravos. So I hope before the end of August, they will start lifting products from the plant.”
Also speaking, the Managing Director, Edo Refinery and Petrochemical Industry, Mr. Tim Tian, said “we are glad the refinery will soon commence operation irrespective of the challenges which slowed down work occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.”
Tian, who is also Director, EPC Contractor Peiyang Chemical Equipment Corporation, one of the investors, thanked Governor Obaseki and people of Ologbo community for creating the enabling environment for the final stage which according to him is the commencement of full operations in the refinery.
“After that, the refinery will be ready to refine crude oil into other products”, he enthused.
On his part, the Enogie (Duke) of Ologbo, HRH Owen Jason Akenzua, thanked Governor Obaseki and the investors citing the industry in his domain as it is going to improve the lives and well-being of his people when fully operational.