A physical delivery of crude oil.

Dangote Petroleum Refinery has commenced production of diesel and aviation fuel.

President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, elatedly thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his support, encouragement and thoughtful advice toward the actualisation of this project.

Dangote also thanked the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Limited), the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and Nigerians for their support and belief in the historic project.

“We thank President Bola Tinubu for his support and for making our dream come true. This production would not have been possible without his visionary leadership and prompt attention to details. His intervention at various stages cleared all impediments, thereby accelerating the actualisation of the project. We also thank the NNPC, NUPRC and NMDPRA for their support. These organisations have been our dependable partners in this historic journey. We also thank Nigerians for their belief and support in this project.

“We have started the production of diesel and aviation fuel, and the products will be in the market within this month once we receive regulatory approvals.

“This is a big day for Nigeria. 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. This is a game-changer for our country, and I am very fulfilled with the actualisation of this project.”

The refinery has so far received six million barrels of crude oil at its two single-point moorings located 25 kilometres from the shore. The first crude delivery was done on 12 December 2023, and the sixth cargo was delivered on 8 January 2024.

The refinery can load 2 900 trucks a day at its truck-loading gantries. The products from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications. The refinery design complies with the World Bank, US Environmental Protection Agency, European emission norms, and Department of Petroleum Resources  emission/effluent norms – employing state-of-the-art technology.

“I must extend our sincere appreciation to our bankers and financiers, both local and offshore, who demonstrated a great deal of patience, in seeing us through many difficult times. In the same vein, we thank the Government of Lagos State, under the leadership of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who has been incredibly proactive in ensuring the many challenges we encountered in the course of executing this project were quickly resolved.

“I also sincerely thank our host communities and their traditional leaders for their sustained patience, forbearance and admirable willingness to work with us to find amicable and win-win resolutions to the many issues we have had to deal with as the construction of this huge facility progressed. Our staff have also contributed so immensely to the success of this project,” Dangote concluded.

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