03 Jan Nigeria: Dangote Refinery Advances Toward Production with Fourth Crude Shipment
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
As the Dangote Refinery gears up for production, it has successfully received its fourth shipment of one million barrels of Bonny Light crude from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL). The company is now anticipating the arrival of its fifth crude shipment.
In a statement released on Monday, the Dangote Refinery highlighted that the latest consignment was part of the six million barrels expected by the world’s largest single-train refinery. This follows the earlier delivery of three million barrels of crude.
Managing Director of Dangote Ports Operations, Mr. Akin Omole, previously stated that the refinery aimed to receive about four million crude shipments before the end of 2023, with the remaining two expected in early January 2024. The completion of this delivery will set the stage for the refinery’s initial operations.
Upon receiving the full six million barrels, the refinery will initiate the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG, subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS or petrol). This development is crucial for addressing fuel supply challenges not only in Nigeria but also in West African countries.
Designed to process 650,000 barrels per day of 100% Nigerian crude, the Dangote Petroleum Refinery exhibits flexibility to process other crudes, including African, Middle Eastern, and even US Light tight oil. The refinery has the capacity to meet 100% of Nigeria’s refined product requirements, with surplus products available for export.
The refinery’s infrastructure includes two Single Point Mooring (SPM) facilities located 25 kilometers from the shore, allowing it to handle crude oil efficiently. Additionally, it can load 2,900 trucks daily at its truck-loading gantries, demonstrating a commitment to efficient distribution.
The Dangote Refinery boasts a self-sufficient marine facility capable of handling the largest vessels globally. All products from the refinery adhere to Euro V specifications, complying with international emission norms and standards set by US EPA, European authorities, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and African Refiners and Distribution Association (ARDA).
President of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, expressed satisfaction with the progress, emphasizing its significance for the country. He highlighted the milestone as a demonstration of Nigeria’s capability to undertake and complete substantial capital projects. Dangote looks forward to reaching full refinery capacity and delivering the first batch of products to the Nigerian market.
This development signifies a substantial step forward for the Dangote Refinery, contributing to the energy landscape of Nigeria and the broader West African region.