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Nigeria: Work Commences at Zamfara Refinery Site

Work has commenced at the proposed site of the 1.5 Billion euro (300bn) refinery in Zamfara State, the spokesman of the Zamfara State Government, Malam Sani Katuru disclosed.

Malam Katuru said the state government has secured all the necessary documents for the refinery and already the company BSM has deployed their equipment to the site.

But reacting to that Malam Katuru said: “Mr President himself gave the approval for the refinery and he is coming tomorrow for a visit, we have all the documents necessary for that refinery, the work is on progress”.

He explained further that before the commencement of the work “we invited Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and they sent their delegation. Also the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) gave us all the necessary documents before we did the ground breaking ceremonies and works continues.”

The 200,000 barrels per day capacity refinery is a joint venture by the Zamfara state government, BSM -APCL- Swinglehurst and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Austen Oniwon, Group head of the NNPC said recently on the projects that the refinery proposal by the Zamfara State Government was in alignment with the Corporation’s vision to establish more refineries across the country to augment petroleum products supply and distribution to the people.

Engr. Oniwon said that the Corporation has a good relationship with the State, noting that in one of the Corporation’s recruitment exercises, the best candidate recruited was from Zamfara State and revealed that since his recruitment his performance has justified his academic credentials.

According to him, the project will also stabilize and compliment the operations, management, consultancy and maintenance of the Zamfara International Cargo Airport and the 240-bed Shinkafi Referral Hospital.

Governor Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi said the conception of the project was largely informed by the recognition of the central and indispensable role of energy in the realization for sustainable development of the state and brighter future of the citizens. He added that energy had always been at the core of any comprehensive and pragmatic approach to development.