The highly anticipated Dangote Refinery began operations today in a significant development for Nigeria’s oil industry. With a processing capacity of 650,000 barrels per day, the state-of-the-art facility is designed to process crude oil grades from Africa, Asia, and America, marking a significant step towards self-sufficiency in petroleum product refining for the country.
The refinery’s operations will create over 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, ranging from retail outlets and filling stations to depots and transport services. More than 30,000 individuals are employed at the refinery project site through various contractors.
The Dangote Refinery, established by Africa’s wealthiest individual, Aliko Dangote, is set to meet the country’s entire fuel supply requirement, providing a surplus of approximately 38 million liters of petrol, diesel, kerosene, and aviation fuel on a daily basis. This surplus will boost local consumption and create opportunities for export, generating a potential $21 billion market for Nigerian crude oil annually.
According to a document obtained from the company, the Dangote Refinery holds the potential to revolutionize Nigeria’s fuel industry, with the capacity to support the establishment of 26,716 filling stations nationwide. The ripple effect of this development will be extensive, with an estimated creation of 100,000 direct and indirect jobs across various sectors of the economy.
The Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Project, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited, is located in the Dangote Industries Free Zone in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos. Spanning an area of approximately 2,635 hectares, the refinery is equipped to refine crude oil into high-quality gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and polypropylene.
Moreover, the facility’s versatility allows for processing a wide variety of crude oils, including African, Middle Eastern, and United States Light Tight Oil. By adopting the latest technology and adhering to strict environmental guidelines and regulations, the Dangote Refinery aims to produce environmentally friendly petroleum products for both local and global markets.
Highlighting the fuel requirements in Nigeria and the refinery’s contribution, the document states that the facility will generate a surplus of 20 million liters of petrol, one million liter each of kerosene and JetA1 (aviation fuel), and 16 million liters of diesel on a daily basis. To ensure efficient distribution, the refinery will dispatch products via road (tanker) and marine facilities, enabling access to up to 80 percent of total production by road and 75 percent through marine channels.
The Dangote Refinery project is an engineering marvel, encompassing multiple aspects, including engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, and storage facilities. Dangote Industries, as the sole contractor for the entire project, is among the few companies globally that have executed such a comprehensive endeavor.
In terms of infrastructure, the refinery boasts impressive features. It has its own dedicated steam and power generation system, with standby units to ensure uninterrupted utility supply to operating plants. Additionally, the on-site power plant has a capacity of 435MW, providing ample energy to sustain operations.
Dangote Industries has constructed a roll-on/roll-off quay to facilitate logistics with a load-bearing capacity of 25 tons per square meter. This development allows for the efficient handling of liquid cargoes, reducing travel time and improving the overall capacity of the local logistics system.
As the Dangote Refinery marks its inauguration, it is poised to transform Nigeria’s fuel industry landscape. The facility’s capacity to meet the country’s fuel