Chinese heavy machinery manufacturing company XCMG Construction Machinery will work together with Nigerian industrial conglomerate Dangote Industries Limited on the construction of the Dangote Oil Refinery located at Lekki Free Zone in Lagos, Nigeria. XCMG has deployed a team of 81 engineers and technicians that will provide support for the facilitation of more than 2,500 units of construction machinery equipment.
Phases I and II of the Dangote Oil Refinery are expected to be completed by 2022 and once in full operation, the project will produce gasoline as well as other petrochemicals such as polyethylene and polypropylene.
Jiansen Liu, vice president of XCMG and general manager of XCMG Import and Export Company, said that, “the refined oil output of the Dangote Refinery will be able to fulfill the gasoline demand in Nigeria sufficiently, even meeting West Africa’s demand for refined oil, freeing Nigeria from its dependence on oil imports.”
The $35.38 billion refinery project covers an area of more than 250,000 hectares and will have the capacity to process approximately 650,000 barrels of oil per day. The Dangote refinery is projected to produce 10.4 million tons of gasoline, 4.6 million tons of diesel and 4 million tons of jet fuel per year.
The refinery’s pipeline infrastructure is the largest in the world. At 1,100km, the pipeline is capable of transporting 3 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day.
Nigeria currently has four operating oil refineries and is Africa’s largest producer of oil. The Dangote refinery has a 400 MW power plant on location, with the potential to meet the total power requirement of the city of Ibidan. At full production, the Dangote Refinery will be capable of meeting Nigeria’s entire domestic fuel demand and will have the ability to export excess refined products.