Manufacturing and Energy

Dangote Refinery to begin production of refined petroleum products

The Dangote Refinery is making significant progress towards starting the production of refined petroleum products. Recently, they received the sixth batch of one million Agbami barrels of crude from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) via MT ALMI SUN. This completes the scheduled 6 million barrels consignment needed for the refinery to begin operations.

Just a month ago, the refinery received the first one million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO). Since then, they have been receiving one million barrels of crude oil in batches. The latest batch, which is the sixth, has already been discharged at the Dangote Offshore Oil Terminal (DOOT).

The Managing Director of Dangote Ports Operations, Mr. Akin Omole, mentioned during the maiden delivery that the refinery aims to collect all 6 million barrels of crude before the end of January. This will enable them to start the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG, and eventually move on to producing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

This development is crucial in addressing the fuel supply challenges faced not only by Nigeria but also by other West African countries. The Dangote Petroleum Refinery, designed to process 100% Nigerian crude with the ability to handle other crudes as well, has a capacity of 650,000 barrels per day. It can process various African crude grades, Middle Eastern Arab Light, US Light tight oil, and crude from other countries.

Dangote Petroleum Refinery has the capability to fulfill Nigeria’s entire demand for refined products, including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation jet fuel. Not only that, but it also has surplus quantities of each of these products that can be exported.

To facilitate this, the refinery was constructed with two Single Point Mooring (SPM) systems located 25 kilometers away from the shore. These SPMs enable the refinery to receive crude oil and discharge petroleum products through three separate SPMs. Additionally, the refinery has the capacity to load 2,900 trucks per day at its truck loading gantries.

One of the remarkable features of Dangote Refinery is its self-sufficient marine facility, which is capable of handling the largest vessels available worldwide. Furthermore, all products produced by the refinery will adhere to Euro V specifications, ensuring high quality and environmental standards.

In terms of environmental compliance, the refinery is designed to meet the standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), European emission norms, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms, as well as the African Refiners and Distribution Association (ARDA) standards. This demonstrates the refinery’s commitment to sustainability and responsible operations.

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