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DMEA: Modular refinery expansion complete

Nigeria’s ND Refineries Ltd reported this week that it has completed mechanical construction of a fourth train at its Ogbele modular refinery, raising production capacity to 14,000 barrels per day (bpd). It said the new unit would be dedicated to the production of petrol for the domestic market.

Local media reported that the facility would be inaugurated and brought into operation before the end of this year.

ND Refineries is a subsidiary of Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP) Plc, an integrated indigenous company operating throughout the upstream, midstream, and downstream segments of Nigeria's oil and gas industry.

The most recent addition to the existing refinery, located in Ogbele marginal field in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 54, Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, is the fourth train. “The group has invested and installed equipment comprising various units, including a reformer, to further convert produced naphtha to gasoline (PMS) for the domestic market. This train is expected to be operational by the end of 2023,” an NDEP representative informed the local THISDAY news outlet.

“In line with the increasing demand for petroleum products in the domestic market, further expansion is being planned for the near future to increase the overall capacity of the refinery. The goal is to increase refining capacity in the medium-term future,” the source added.