The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed on Thursday that the ministry had received applications to operate seven modular refineries in Edo and that three of the applications were already in approval stage, P.M. News reports.
The minister said this at the Stakeholders Engagement and Enlightenment Campaign in Niger Delta states, organized by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in collaboration with the Edo Government in Benin.
Kachikwu said the Federal Government was working to bring development to the Niger Delta region through the establishment of modular refineries initiative, gas flare commercialisation programmes and collaborations with the Niger Delta region in the Amnesty Programme.
He said establishment of the refineries was private sector driven and the designs, analysis and engineering work for three of the refineries had been done. Kachikwu commended the oil producing communities in Edo for being peaceful and urged them to continue to tow the line of peace to allow for development in the communities.