DPR’s Director, Sarki Auwalu, disclosed this during a pre-commissioning visit to the project site located in Ibigwe, Imo State, saying the purpose of the visit was to make sure that the Waltersmith Refinery was ready to start operations.
He was quoted in a statement issued by Waltersmith as saying, “We can confirm that the refinery is very much ready to commence operations. We have seen all the preparations.
“To us, the plant is alive. The commissioning is just symbolic. Everywhere is ready to start off. My overall assessment is excellent.
“The role we play is to enable businesses and create opportunities. When DPR issues you a licence, it enables you to invest and as a result of that opportunity we create, that business is enabled.
“Waltersmith is one of our success stories. We consider the project as ours. We have been tracking their growth and we are happy to see that our child is growing. It is our plan that they expand and they have the potential,” he said.
The 5,000bpd modular refinery, scheduled for official inauguration this month, has a crude oil storage capacity of 60,000 barrels and is projected to deliver over 271 million litres per year of refined petroleum products.