Some Niger Delta stakeholders have commenced the enumeration of artisanal refineries and crude oil distillation camps in the region ahead of Federal Government’s liberalisation of modular refineries, The Guardian reports.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had, on February 14 during the tour of oil communities, announced the policy of deploying modular refineries to drive the economic development of the region. Speaking at a sensitisation event, a social activist, Pat Obiene, explained that it was a ‘preparation’ for Federal Government’s new policy to formalise the registration of artisanal refineries.
Obiene, who convened the event, said that three groups, Masses Congress, Bayelsa Business Roundtable and Modular Refineries Business Association were collaborating on the data collection to determine the total capacity of the local refineries. More than 200 operators of crude oil distillation camps referred in local parlance as ‘kpo Fire’ camps turned up for the exercise.