Niger Delta Exploration & Production (NDEP) has commenced production from the new 5,000Barels Per Stream Day Refinery on its Ogbele field, onshore Eastern Nigeria.
“We entered the new year with a flurry of new petroleum products from Ogbele Refinery Train 2. (The new Refinery)”, the company’s management said in a note to its directors.
“All Five (5) streams of Refined Products, including Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) – Jet Fuel are being produced steadily, and currently delivered to their respective storage tanks. These activities had been achieved with the requisite quality for each product”, the note says.
Having attained the required (acceptable) routine quality specifications, as determined by our Internal Laboratory, the company’s management explains, “we have immediately invited SGS – The Global Inspection Company to proceed with obtaining appropriate samples of each of the products, for an Independent analysis and certification of Quality”.
The note adds that “this activity, is expected to subject the quality of all Ogbele refinery Products to International quality checks”.
NDEP had operated a 1,000BSPD topping plant producing Diesel since 2012, but in 2018, it received the regulatory nod to commence construction of the 5,000BSPD Train 2, designed to produce Jet-Fuel, Marine Diesel, High Pour Fuel Oil (HPFO), Naphtha and more Diesel. The management note to directors described DPK (Jet Fuel), as “Ogbele Refinery’s pricy and premium product”.
The Ogbele Train 2 Refinery project was meant to come on stream as far back as July 2019. The company is also constructing a third plant, which will take crude oil input capacity to 11,000BOPD, with gasoline (Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as one of the products. “The naphtha from Trains 1, 2 and 3, will be processed further into PMS in Train 3”, the company says.