You may recall that Nigeria has set the ambitious target of ending fuel importation by 2019.

Part of the measures it is adopting to achieve that target includes establishment of small refineries across the oil producing regions.

They are called modular refineries and as the name implies is a refinery whose parts or equipment are constructed in modules designed to be transported quickly and easily anywhere in the world.

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On Wednesday, the Federal government disclosed plans to unveil the first modular refinery in the country in the first week of November.

The refinery, which is owned by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, is located in Ogbele, Rivers State and is expected to refine 10,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, Mr Edobor Iyamu, stated this in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during the opening session of a media workshop on ‘Agenda for the Niger Delta New Vision’.

According to Iyamu, the modular refinery is an upgrade from 1,000 bpd capacity to 10,000 bpd.

He also stated that prior to the unveiling of the upgraded refinery in Rivers State in November, a ground-breaking ceremony would be performed by the Presidency for the construction of another 5,000 bpd modular refinery on October 4 in Obigwe, Ohaji, Imo State.