DPR boss promises to drive private refinery initiative


Mr Ahmad Shakur, the Acting Director, Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR), has promised to drive the deepening of private refinery initiative in Nigeria by providing the necessary regulatory oversight collaboration with prospective investors.


According to Mr Paul Osu, Head, Public Affairs of the agency, Shakur made the assertion during his pre-commission visit to Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Refinery (NDPR) capacity expansion Train II project at Ogbele, Rivers state, Southern Nigeria.


He commended the marginal field operator for its commitment to national development and said that patriotism, professionalism and passion were the driving force behind the success story of the company.


The director enjoined other marginal field operators to follow the example of NDPR in order for the country to attain petroleum product sufficiency.


Shakur, according to a statement by Osu, said that NDPR was granted a licence to operate a 1.0kbd modular diesel stripping plant by DPR in 2012.


He said the approval to construct Authorization to Construct (ATC) for expansion, which would increase refining capacity to 6.0kbd, was granted in 2017.


The Train II project would produce more diesel, jet fuel, marine diesel, etc. 


Amaka E. Nliam