1000th Truck Load of Diesel from Ogbele
On Saturday August 24th, the 1000th truck load of diesel was evacuated from the Product Loading Bay, Ogbele Oil & Gas Facilities, operated by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Ltd (NDPR).
The unsuspecting driver of the 1000th truck, Adeyemi Adegbetan, an employee of Powertrac Machinery Ltd, was presented with a cheque of N50, 000 and was grateful for his good fortune. He also noted the high quality of the diesel from the Mini Refinery, which made for easy clearance though the multiple security agencies patrolling the transportation route in Rivers State.
‘The milestone occasion was marked by a small ceremony at the Ogbele Flowstation, with distinguished representatives from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), presided over by Mrs. Onyebuchi Sibeudu Deputy Director, Zonal Operations Controller DPR Port Harcourt, who represented the Director of the DPR. Other guests included the President of Nape, Mrs. Adedoja Ojelabi, and Mr. Tele Dokun, MD, General Resources, who was joined by his team. Prof SJS Cookey (OFR), Member of the Board of NDEP and Chairman of the Host Community Development & Environment Trust, presented the lucky driver with his cheque while other NDPR staff from Port Harcourt and Lagos supported the event.
The Mini Refinery, the only licensed, privately owned refinery in Nigeria, was commissioned in 2011 and shortly after, NDPR was granted a pioneering License to Operate (LTO) the facility by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. This gave NDPR full authority to operate its Mini Diesel Refinery. Since then, NDPR’s operations have fully benefited from diesel supply from within, ensuring self sufficiency and allowing surplus diesel to be sold into the domestic market.
Mrs. Onyebuchi Sibeudu - (Deputy Director) Zonal Operations Controller DPR Port Harcourt, remarked, ‘I’m highly honoured to attend this milestone event and on behalf of the Director of DPR, I’d like to congratulate NDPR, for this achievement, more so as an indigenous operator. I urge NDPR Ltd to keep up the good work.’
Dr Fatona, commented, ‘This has been a modest way to mark an event of significant importance, not only for NDPR but also the nation. The Ogbele Mini Refinery and the NDPR Field Operating model are testaments to what is possible and achievable in Nigeria, using local capacity and resources. There is a clear need for more mini refineries of this class and I urge the DPR to encourage the implementation of more of such facilities.
‘Today was also a celebration of those who make our milestones possible - our young and committed workforce, especially the Flow Station Mini Refinery Operations Teams 1 and 2. At NDPR we are committed to clean and environmentally safe operations, while providing the local economy with high quality diesel.’