Dangote Refinery is set to begin refining petrol by November
30, 2023, and diesel and jet fuel operations by October 2023, the group’s
executive director Devakumar Edwin says.
In an interview with S&P Global Commodity Insights on
Monday, Edwin added that the refinery would receive its first crude cargo in
two weeks’ time and would begin producing up to 370,000 barrels per day of
diesel and jet fuel in October 2023.
Furthermore, Edwin pointed out that the refinery would
initiate a gradual increase in petrol production, aiming to reach an impressive
650,000 barrels per day by November 30. He emphasised the refinery’s readiness
to receive crude oil, stating, “Right now, I’m ready to receive crude. We are
just waiting for the first vessel. And so, as soon as it comes in, we can
Regarding the shift in the original timeline, Edwin
clarified, during his conversation with S&P, that the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation Limited had already committed their crude oil to another
entity on a forward basis, causing a temporary delay. He said that the setback
is momentary, and the refinery would soon run exclusively on Nigerian crude oil
as of November 2023.
He noted that the Nigerian oil would be purchased in US
dollars, and not naira because it is in a free trade zone on the outskirts of
Lagos. However, the NNPCL will supply some crude at knockdown prices due to its
Edwin further stated that, aside from heavy Angolan grades,
the Dangote refinery can process most African crudes, as well as Middle Eastern
Arab Light and even US light-tight oil.
He said, “We can take even some of the Russian grades… if
the global system opens up to allow us to receive them. Basically, if you look
at our production profile, 50% of my production will meet 100% of the
requirements of the country.
“Excess gasoline –
which will be 10 ppm sulfur Euro 5 quality — will be exported to other African
markets as well as the US and South America, although the volumes will be
relatively small. Meanwhile, jet fuel will be exported to Europe and diesel
will be sold in sub-Saharan Africa.”
S&P also quoted Edwin as saying the refinery would be
“enormously beneficial to the country” by establishing a reliable supply of
“environmentally-friendly” refined products and bringing “a huge amount of
foreign exchange into the country.”
Furthermore, Edwin noted that the refinery would play a
pivotal role in alleviating the fuel supply challenges faced by
import-dependent West Africa, worsened by Nigeria’s recent removal of fuel
subsidies, which had led to a thriving illicit gasoline market due to price
Additionally, he added that the revenues generated from the
refinery’s operations would be reinvested to fuel further developments,
underscoring Aliko Dangote’s commitment to Nigeria.
“The money will be coming back in, and it will go for
“[Aliko Dangote] is from Nigeria and his focus is always on
Nigeria,” Edwin said.
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