Princewill Igbagara, Acting Director, Centre for Research Innovation, Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta has called to the Federal Government to implement the modular refinery initiative.
Igbagara told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Warri on Wednesday that the refinery would help to address shortage of petroleum products and the problem of illegal refineries.
The Federal Government is proposing to introduce modular refinery to curb the menace of illegal refineries in the Niger Delta.
Igbagara added that aside from complementing the existing bigger refineries in the country, the modular refinery will boost the economy through job creation.
“For me, it is coming a bit late, Federal Government should not waste time to support the initiative; it should do everything within its power to actualise the project.
“Government should also involve private sector participation in the system to effectively complement the bigger refineries”, he said.
The acting director said FUPRE had in the past years keyed into the modular refinery, adding that the ongoing project might likely come on stream in the next two years if sufficient fund was made available.
He explained that the modular refinery would have a production capacity of 40,000 litres of petroleum daily, adding that it had five product specifications: diesel, petrol, kerosene, vacuum gas oil (VGO) and napster.
While assuring that the institution would start the fabrication of about 10 units very soon, the chemical engineer said they were almost through with the design stage.
“This is a university, if we are producing; we should produce petroleum that has low sulphur content.
“There is international standard that sulphur content in petrol should not be more than 0.5 pet/million”, he said.
Igbagara noted that some of the crude oil in the country and other countries had high sulphur content, which needed to be desulphurised.
“Otherwise you will be selling petroleum loaded with sulphur that will not be friendly with the environment and cars, because it causes corrosion and a lots more”, he said.