Dangote Refinery starts production early 2021

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TRACKING >igeria’s Dangote refinery, which is being built privately by Africa’s richest man, will be ready for commissioning at the beginning of 2021, with production reaching full capacity by the end of the first half of the year.

Devakumar Edwin, a group executive director at Dangote Industries Ltd., gave this update in an interview at a conference in Lagos.

The refinery, which is designed to maximize gasoline output, will produce enough to allow for a small surplus of that fuel for export. It will also be able to send a large volume of diesel and jet fuel to international markets, Edwin said.

Dangote, right with Governor Nasir El-Rufai at the refinery site in Lagos last June

“We are confident that we can meet 100% of the requirement of the country, so the balance will go for export,” Edwin said.

Dangote plans to take advantage of local crude supply and it won’t participate in the crude-for-fuel swap deal that is managed by the NNPC, which recently extended its crude for fuel deal for another three years.

“We are going to buy the crude just at the export price and will sell our products at the import price, the crude swap is operating only for the importers of the product,” Edwin said.

The new refinery has been designed to process varieties of crude from sweet to light crude sourced both locally, and abroad. Dangote plans to export its diesel to Europe and gasoline to Latin America, Western and Central African markets, Edwin said.

Evacuation of refined products will be done by sea and through roads, he said.

“We are thinking of investing in vessels. We want to make sure we are not held for ransom by any transport operators.”