In a major step towards boosting Nigeria’s domestic refining capacity and attaining energy security (self-sufficiency), Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited plant has purchased one million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited, one of the largest trading companies in Nigeria as well as globally, trading over eight million barrels of crude oil per day.
The cargo sailed to the Refinery’s Single Point Mooring, where it was discharged into its crude oil tanks.
The maiden one million barrels, which represent the first phase of the six million barrels of crude oil to be supplied to Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited by a range of suppliers, should sustain the initial 350,000 barrels per day to be processed by the facility.
The next four cargoes will be supplied by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited 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 Liquefied Petroleum Gas before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit.
A statement by the company on Friday said 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 Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited can process most African crude grades as well as Middle Eastern Arab Light and even United State Light tight oil as well as other countries.
Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Limited 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.
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.
In addition, the refinery has the capacity to load 2,900 trucks a day at its truck loading gantries.
The refinery has a self-sufficient marine facility with the ability to handle the largest vessel globally available.
In addition, 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 emission/effluent norms as well as African Refiners and Distribution Association standards.
The President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, 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.
“Our focus over the coming months is to ramp up the refinery to its full capacity.
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“I look forward to the next significant milestone when we deliver the first batch of products to the Nigerian market.”
The Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, 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.”