Dangote, African’s largest refinery, at 650,000 b/d plant is expected to start crude oil processing in 2021.
The plant, being built by the Nigerian conglomerate, Dangote Group was formerly set to come on stream next year, but according to officials, the construction will be completed by the end of 2020 and will be operational by early 2021.
According to an executive director at Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin, the refinery will dedicate 53% of the projected 650,000 b/d refining capacity to the production of gasoline as Nigeria depends on fuel imports for all its gasoline needs.
“We target to export surplus products from the refinery including petrol and diesel to Europe, South America, and West African countries,” Edwin said.
The plant received most of its key refining units such as the columns that make up the plant’s crude distillation unit reactor, regenerator, and fluid catalytic cracker earlier this year.
The refinery will significantly reduce the country’s fuel imports and could exceed the country’s crude exports.
Speaking at the plant site, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. Mele Kyari, said: “The NNPC has a duty to rally industry players like Dangote Group to achieve the long-held target of making Nigeria a net exporter of petroleum products. We will support the Dangote refinery to come on stream on schedule, we will transform Nigeria into a net exporter of petroleum products by 2023.”