A modular refinery that can produce 80,000 barrels of refined petroleum daily is to be built in Eghudu, Ovia North East Local government area of Edo state by a U.S based Nigerian businessman, Mr Charles Ihaza.
Already, about 453.9 hectares of land has been provided to start the project by the community.
Speaking at an Open Forum on Environmental Impact Accessment (EIA) on the proposed refinery in Benin, Mr Ihaza said the project would cost over 2 billion Dollars.
Discussion ongoing with key agencies
“I know what it takes to establish and manage a refinery, and we are already discussing with the relevant Nigerian Government agencies on the immediate commencement of the project.
“I decided to site the refinery in Eghudu to help our people back home in Nigeria, and I am very passionate about this project.
“As part of our social corporate responsibilities to the host community, we are going to construct roads, build satellite clinics, standard primary and secondary schools and a functional international market,’’ he explained.
Ihaza, therefore, solicited the cooperation of the members of the community, urging them to work with the site engineers and other workers toward the successful execution of the project.
Mr Larry Edosomwan, who presented the EIA Report on behalf of the consultants, Vokosen Ltd, said that the report had captured all the socio-economic needs of the host community.
Social and economic needs
“We have looked at the positive social and economic needs of the community, the aquatic environment, drainage and sewage management and treatment of effluents.
“Forests will not be destroyed and wherever it happens, we will plant new trees.
“We have ensured that we met all the requirements of the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). We will mitigate all negative environmental impacts,’’ Mr Edosomwan said.
The Minister of Environment’s spokesman, Mr Joshua Taiwo stated that the Minister was particularly happy that the project was named after the community.
Mr Taiwo explained that the refinery project would provide jobs for the people and improve the socio-economic lives of the residents of the area.