Processing systems/design

Modular Refineries Offer Advantages for Product Availability in Nigeria

This paper discusses the importance of modular refineries and their effects on the availability of petroleum products in Nigeria.

Lagos, Nigeria island waterfront, seen over New Marina Road
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Nigeria is rich in crude oil, with a proven reserve of 37 billion bbl. Despite the abundance of this resource, Nigeria has lacked the capacity to meet the country’s demand for petroleum products locally and has resorted to their importation. Establishing conventional refineries is highly capital-intensive, and they take a significant amount of time to build and commission. The modular refinery option is a less capital-intensive alternative.

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