A Typical Modular Refinery

 Another modular refinery is being proposed for Akwa Ibom State. The refinery is being promoted by Rhema COG Energy Development Limited.

The establishment of the refinery at Uruan, near Uyo will bring to three the number of refineries set to operate in the state. It would be recalled that Ikwe-Onna Refinery incorporated in 2016 was given Authority to Construct (ATC) licence in 2018 and is set to be completed in 2020.

Another refinery also sited in Eket, in the state is the popular Amakpe Refinery which construction is said to be at an advanced stage and is set to be completed also in 2020.

The refinery set for Uruan is currently undergoing Environmental Impact Assessment  EIA to determine the suitability of such a project in the three host communities of  Ibikpe, Ikpa, and Ikot Oku communities in Uruan Council Area of the state.

The proposed refinery which is a 50,000bpd Modular refinery capacity is set to begin construction by the next year 2020 and would be completed within two years.

In order to ensure the prompt and successful delivery of the refinery project, the host communities have been charged to provide an enduring and peaceful atmosphere to enable the project to stand.

The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Aniekan Bassey yesterday gave the charged to the communities of  Ibikpe, Ikpa, and Ikot Oku communities in Uruan Council Area urging them to unite and cooperate to facilitate the establishment of the proposed 50,000bpd Modular Refinery in the area.

He stated this at the Public Forum/Scooping Workshop on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed refinery, organised by the Rhema COG Energy Development Limited with the Federal Ministry of Environment in Uyo.

The Speaker who was represented by his Press Secretary, Emmanuel Effiong, promised to apply all constitutional means to ensure that the company fulfills all statutory benefits that should accrue to the host communities when fully operational.

Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly

He said when established, the refinery would boost Governor Udom Emmanuel’s industrialisation policy and appealed for cooperation from the host communities to ensure timely completion of the project, which he noted, would create jobs, not only for Uruan people but all Akwa Ibom indigenes.

“We have heard of crisis in other places over initiatives like this. Since this company is coming to Uruan, I will do everything within my powers and constitutional means to ensure that you get all the benefits that should accrue to host communities and entire Uruan,” he said.

Also speaking, a representative of the Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Uduak John, promised that the Federal Government is determined to ensure that the refinery is established in line with relevant legislation. She disclosed that consultations, field analysis, impact evaluation, mitigation, and other necessary processes would be thoroughly followed.

The company sponsoring the project Rhema COG Energy Development Limited, represented by one Mr. Raphael Tom, who represented the Chairman, said the firm was committed to the safety of the communities, adding that it would mitigate all environmental impacts that its activities may cause.

He assured that the company would not only adhere to its operating principles, but would also fulfill its corporate social responsibility (CRS) and, therefore, appealed for cooperation from the villages and other stakeholders.

A representative of the Commissioner for Environment, Paul Okon, said the company would be subjected to strict checks to ensure that all agreements and standards are strictly adhered to. He, however, urged mutual understanding between the company and the communities to avoid unnecessary delay in the establishment of the proposed refinery.