The Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), a division of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, has announced the successful completion of its modular refinery with the intention to expand its capacity for commercial purposes. Situated in Effurun, Delta State, the PTI also mentioned that it’s providing training to artisanal refiners in the skills necessary for crude oil refining.
Adebowale Adimula, the Chief Executive of PTI, shared these details during a press conference in Abuja ahead of the 3rd Biennial International Conference on Hydrocarbon Science & Technology, scheduled to take place in the Federal Capital Territory next week.
Adimula explained, “One of the areas that we have been focusing on in recent years is developing technologies in the modular refinery sector. We are primarily a training institution, but given the state of the country today and the lack of technology among artisanal refiners, we have taken steps to develop concepts.”
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He added, “We also assist in training these individuals so that their activities do not harm the environment. At the institute, we have constructed our own modular refinery. Now, the next step is to scale it up, finding ways to make it commercially viable.”
Adimula emphasized that PTI has already developed the required templates, drawings, and fabricated parts for the modular refinery. This infrastructure makes it easier to train individuals in the various aspects of the refining process they will encounter in the field.
He noted that many of the existing artisanal refiners lack proper knowledge of the refining process and tend to engage in environmentally harmful practices. PTI’s approach involves equipping them with the necessary skills to contribute meaningfully to the economy.
Adimula clarified that while the PTI’s modular refinery may not be as extensive as facilities like the Dangote refinery in Lekki, Lagos, its primary focus is to advance technologies in the modular refinery space and support training and development in the industry.
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