IPMAN Urges FG To Formalise Local Refining Technology, Capacity In Niger Delta

IPMAN advised the Federal Government toauthorize local refining technology.

10:12 AM WAT, Tue August 22, 2023

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has called on the Federal Government to take advantage of indigenous technology in addressing Nigeria’s petroleum refining challenges.

 this was revealed by the Chairman of IPMAN, Enugu Depot Community in charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States, Mr Chinedu Anyaso, in an interview in Awka on Tuesday while congratulating the newly-sworn in ministers.

 He also commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for successfully constituting his cabinet and expressed optimism that the ministers would bring greater value and direction to his administration.

The IPMAN official said only local production of petroleum products would bring lasting solutions to the country’s energy challenges. as he urged the Federal Government to profile operators of illegal refineries and open conversation with them with the aim of tapping into their technology and mainstreaming their operations.

According to him, the current state of affairs in the downstream sector is unsustainable and lack of refining capacity.

“I expect that part of Federal Government’s immediate plan is to get our local refineries working through the fixing of the four existing refineries and encouraging establishment of modular refineries.

“The new Minister of State for Petroleum who is from the Niger Delta should encourage government to bring operators of the illegal refineries in the creeks to national grid.

“Instead of chasing them and destroying their infrastructure, government should call them to be part of the solution, at least in the short term while we wait for the main refineries to resume operations. This will reduce the pressure on foreign exchange,” he said.

Anyaso further called the Federal Government to consider the call of IPMAN to use their network for Compressed Natural Gas for quicker implementation of the energy switch.