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Dangote Refinery Achieves First Production

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Nigeria’s Dangote Refinery, Africa’s largest energy refinery and the world’s largest single-train refinery, has started the production of diesel and aviation fuel.

The refinery, commissioned in May 2023, received up to six million barrels of crude oil for processing since late 2023 as part of efforts by the government to expedite the startup of the $19 billion project.

The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission enacted a law mandating the country’s 48 producing firms to deliver 483,000 barrels per day to local refineries from January 2024, with half of these barrels designated for the Dangote Refinery. The aim is to reduce Nigeria’s reliance on energy imports and boost security of supply through the exploitation of local resources.

“Dangote Petroleum Refinery can meet 100% of Nigeria’s requirement of all refined products, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and aviation jet fuel, and also have surplus of each of these products for export,” the company said in a statement.

The refinery will target the production of petrol in the next phase of the test run. Once completed, the project will have a production capacity of 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas is an energy sector journalist with a passion on how technology and diversification of the energy mix can be used to address energy sector challenges. Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication studies and has been covering energy-related topics including the Internet of Things, distributed energy and digitalisation since 2015.