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The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has reported that the construction of 2,000 bpd modular refinery in Brass Bayelsa was underway

A statement, signed by Naboth Onyesoh, manager, corporate communications of NCDMB, stated that the project includes a power plant and logistics jetty to provide support for oil and gas operations.

According to Onyesoh, the minister of state for petroleum resources Timipre Sylva had performed the ground breaking ceremony of an energy infrastructure park on Saturday at Okpoama in Brass local government area of Bayelsa.

Atlantic International Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd, in partnership with the NCDMB, is developing the infrastructure.

The statement says that the minister has commissioned three corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects executed by the Atlantic International Refinery for the people of the Okpoama kingdom including the Okpoama Cottage Hospital, Iseleama Health Centre and Okpoama Community Water Works.

The initiative is expected to ensure value addition to the crude oil, increasing domestic refining capacity, boosting local content development and curbing pipeline vandalism, according to Sylva.

Sylva has further urged the people of Okpoama kingdom and other parts of the Niger Delta to create a conducive environment to attract oil and gas and manufacturing facilities to the region.