In a major step toward boosting Nigeria’s domestic refining capacity and attaining energy security (self-sufficiency), Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals plant has purchased 1 million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO), one of the largest trading companies in Nigeria as well as globally, trading over 8 million barrels of crude oil per day (bpd).

The STASCO cargo contained 1 million barrels from Agbami and sailed to Dangote Refinery’s single-point mooring (SPM) where it was discharged into the refinery’s crude oil tanks.

The maiden 1 million barrels, which represent the first phase of the 6 million barrels of crude oil to be supplied to Dangote Petroleum Refinery by a range of suppliers, should sustain the initial 350 000bpd to be processed by the facility. The next four cargoes will be supplied by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation 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.

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% Nigerian crude with the flexibility to process other crudes, the 650 000bpd Dangote Petroleum Refinery can process most African crude grades as well as Middle Eastern Arab light and even US light tight oil as well as crude from other countries.

Dangote Petroleum Refinery can meet 100% of the 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. Dangote Refinery has a self-sufficient marine facility with the ability to handle the largest vessel globally available.

All products from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications. The refinery is designed to comply with US Environmental Protection Agency and European emission norms; Department of Petroleum Resources emission/effluent norms; as well as African Refiners and Distribution Association standards.

President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, states: “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. I look forward to the next significant milestone when we deliver the first batch of products to the Nigerian market.”

Country chairperson of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, says: “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.”

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