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Dangote Oil Refinery receives maiden crude cargo for production

Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals Complex at Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State Photo: Dangote Group

*Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals discloses the one million barrels of crude will facilitate the initial run of the refinery, and begin the production of diesel, aviation fuel and Liquefied Petroleum Gas

*We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone, says Aliko Dangote

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As a significant move towards boosting Nigeria’s domestic refining capacity and attaining energy security (self-sufficiency), Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals plant has announced it purchased 1 million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO).

STASCO is one of the largest trading companies in Nigeria as well as globally, trading over eight million barrels of crude oil per day.

Dangote Group, in a statement issued Friday, December 8, 2023, disclosed the STASCO cargo contained one million barrels from Agbami, and sailed to Dangote Refinery’s Single Point Mooring (SPM), where it was discharged into the refinery’s crude oil tanks.

The Group stated that the maiden one million barrels of crude, which represent the first phase of the six million barrels of crude oil to be supplied to Dangote Petroleum Refinery by a range of suppliers, should sustain the initial 350,000 barrels per day to be processed by the facility.

The statement also noted: “The next four cargoes will be supplied by the NNPC in two to three weeks and the final of the six cargoes will be supplied by ExxonMobil.

“This supply will facilitate the initial run of the refinery as well as kick-start the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).”

According to Dangote Group, the latest development will play a pivotal role in alleviating the fuel supply challenges faced by Nigerian energy consumers as well as others in the West African sub-region.

On Dangote Petroleum Refinery

Designed for 100 percent Nigerian crude with the flexibility to process other crudes, the 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Petroleum Refinery can process most African crude grades as well as Middle Eastern Arab Light and even US Light tight oil as well as crude from other countries.

The multibillion Dollar Petroleum Refinery can meet 100 percent of Nigeria’s requirement of all refined products, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation jet, and also have surplus of each of these products for export, stated the company.

The Group also said the refinery was built to take crude through its two SPMs located 25 kilometres from the shore and to discharge petroleum products through three separate SPMs.

Besides, the statement said the refinery has the capacity to load 2,900 trucks a day at its truck-loading gantries.

Dangote Refinery has a self-sufficient marine facility with the ability to handle the largest vessel globally available.

“All products from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications,” Dangote stated.

The refinery is designed to comply with US EPA, European emission norms, and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms as well as African Refiners and Distribution Association (ARDA) standards.

We’ve reached a significant milestone: Dangote

Commenting on the latest development at the refinery, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, stated: “We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone.

“This is an important achievement for our country as it demonstrates our ability to develop and deliver large capital projects.”

Dangote stated: “Our focus over the coming months is to ramp up the refinery to its full capacity.

“I look forward to the next significant milestone when we deliver the first batch of products to the Nigerian market.”

Also in his remarks, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, stated: “We welcome the startup of a refinery that is designed to produce gasoline, diesel, and low-sulphur fuels for Nigeria and across West Africa; and are happy to be enabling it.”

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