Dangote Refinery Gears Up for Production As Crude Supply Hits 6 Million Barrels


The Dangote Petroleum Refinery announced yesterday that it is set to start producing refined petroleum products after it has received the 6th batch of one million barrels of crude oil that is needed for its initial operations.

According to a statement made available to the press, the company said, “Dangote refinery appears set to commence production of refined petroleum products with the receipt of the sixth batch of barrels of crude supplied by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL).”

The company added that the arrival of the latest batch, one million barrels of Agbami crude via MT ALMI SUN, marks the completion of the initial scheduled consignment of six million barrels allotted for the Dangote facility. This is a significant event as it paves the way for the commencement of operations at the world’s largest single-train refinery.

Exactly one month ago, the Dangote refinery received its inaugural shipment of one million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited. Shell is one of Nigeria’s and the world’s foremost trading companies, dealing with a staggering daily volume of over eight million barrels of crude oil.

Akin Omole, the Managing Director of Dangote Ports Operations, said at Dangote Quay in Lagos that once they got all six million barrels of crude, the refinery will be ready to kick off work.

Omole said, “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 Liquefied Petroleum Gas before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit.”

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery was designed to use Nigerian crude, but is able to handle different types of crudes such as: African crudes, Middle Eastern Arab Light, US Light tight oil, and crudes from other places; it can also process 650,000 barrels each day.

This refinery can make all the refined products Nigeria needs, including: gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation jet fuel. It can also sell these products abroad, as mentioned by the company.








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