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Dangote Oil Refinery receives 1 million additional barrels of crude for production

*Dangote Group discloses its Oil Refinery has made a further move towards the commencement of production of refined petroleum products with one million additional barrels of Bonny Light Crude from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Dangote Oil Refinery has disclosed the company made a further move towards the commencement of production of refined petroleum products with the receipt of one million additional barrels of Bonny Light Crude, which the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) supplied.

Dangote Group, in a statement Thursday, December 21, 2023, said the fresh one million barrels of crude from the Shell terminal via the MT Otis, owned by Trafigural was the second crude consignment to be delivered to the Dangote facility out of the six million barrels of crude being expected by the world’s largest single-train refinery located in Lagos.

The conglomerate recalled that Dangote Refinery, about a week ago, had received one million barrels of Agbami Crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO), one of the largest trading companies in Nigeria as well as globally, trading over eight million barrels of crude oil per day.

Mr. Akin Omole, Managing Director of Dangote Ports Operations, also told reporters at the Dangote Quay, Ibeju-Lekki, in Lagos State, that the Refinery is expecting more crudes before the end of this year to put the Refinery in a good stead to commence operations.

According to Dangote, the one million barrels represent the second phase of the six million barrels of crude oil to be supplied to Dangote Petroleum Refinery by a range of suppliers for the production of petroleum products.

The company further stated: “Once the six million barrels are fully delivered, it will facilitate the initial run of the refinery as well as kick-start the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

“This latest development will play a pivotal role in alleviating the fuel supply challenges faced by Nigeria as well as the West African countries.”

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

The Group also said Dangote Petroleum Refinery can meet 100 percent of Nigeria’s requirement of all refined petroleum products, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation jet, and also have surplus of each of these products for export.

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 oil 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 available globally.

The company stated that aside from these, all products from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications.

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.

While receiving the first consignment, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, had 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 also said: “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.”

Mr. Osagie Okunbor, Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, had also said: “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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