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Dangote Refinery Receives 1 Million Barrels of Crude Oil, Getting Ready for Production

Dangote Refinery to Begin Operations with 1Million Crude Oil

Lagos, Nigeria – December 10, 2023 – The Dangote Oil Refining Company (DORC) has successfully received its maiden shipment of 1 million barrels of crude oil, marking a significant milestone towards the commencement of production in its $19 billion refinery project. The crude, of the Agbami grade, arrived at the refinery’s single point mooring (SPM) from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO).

This initial delivery represents the first phase of a six-million-barrel supply contract with various suppliers, which will be sufficient to sustain the refinery’s initial production capacity of 350,000 barrels per day (bpd). In a statement released on Friday, DORC confirmed that it expects to receive the next four cargoes, supplied by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, within the next two to three weeks.

Dangote’s Next Plan: Full Production and Beyond

The successful receipt of crude oil signals the imminent start of production at the Dangote refinery, which is expected to revolutionize Nigeria’s oil and gas sector. With a total refining capacity of 650,000 bpd, the refinery will not only meet the country’s domestic fuel needs but also position Nigeria as a major exporter of refined petroleum products.

According to Aliko Dangote, chairman of Dangote Group, the refinery’s full operation will bring about numerous benefits, including:

1. Economic Growth: The refinery is expected to contribute significantly to Nigeria’s economic growth by generating billions of dollars in revenue and creating thousands of jobs.

2. Import Reduction: The refinery will significantly reduce Nigeria’s dependence on imported petroleum products, saving the country billions of dollars in foreign exchange.

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3. Job Creation: The project has already created thousands of jobs during construction and is expected to create even more permanent jobs once operational.

4. Improved Infrastructure: The development of the refinery has led to the construction of critical infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges, and pipelines, which will benefit the wider Nigerian economy.

Beyond the immediate benefits, Dangote’s next plan for the refinery likely involves further expansion and diversification.

The company has expressed its interest in adding additional refining capacity in the future, as well as venturing into petrochemicals production. This would further strengthen Nigeria’s position in the global energy market and contribute to the country’s long-term economic development.

The Dangote Group also announced that the initial 1 million barrels of crude oil from Shell will be used for preliminary testing of the refinery’s capabilities. This will ensure optimal performance before the production of diesel, aviation fuel, liquefied petroleum gas, and eventually, petrol.

The Future of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector

The Dangote refinery project is a game-changer for Nigeria’s oil and gas sector. It demonstrates the country’s commitment to developing its own refining capacity and reducing its reliance on imported fuels. The successful operation of the refinery will have a ripple effect throughout the economy, creating jobs, generating revenue, and boosting infrastructure development.

As the project moves closer to full production, all eyes will be on Dangote’s next plan for the refinery and its impact on the future of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector. With its ambitious vision and commitment to excellence, Dangote is poised to play a leading role in transforming Nigeria into a major player in the global energy market.

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