The $14bn Dangote Refinery with a capacity of 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) has suffered a setback thus it may not commence operation until late 2020.
The project which was scheduled to resume operation in the first quarter of 2020, will now suffer a delay due to the problems of importing steel and other equipment. This was revealed by Devakumar Edwin, the Group Executive Director who oversees the project.
Edwin revealed that because of the delays at the congested Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos, the company could start using the refinery’s tank farms as a depot to warm-up operations. “We will be able to complete the project by the end of next year”, he said.
Dangote, had last year at the FT Africa Summit in London, said he expected the technical work on the refinery to be completed by the end of 2019 and actual operation to commence in 2020.
According to Sun News, Dangote explained that he had to build a new jetty to handle the delivery of heavy equipment needed to complete the project as Nigerian ports were not built to handle mega projects like Dangote refinery.
He explained that because of the environment in which the refinery is being built, he had to construct 138 kilometers of road within the area to move equipment around.