Dangote refinery set to start operation in 2021

Nigeria’s Dangote refinery — set to be Africa’s biggest at 650,000 b/d plant — was expected to be ready to process crude by early 2021, officials said Monday.

The plant, being built by Nigerian conglomerate Dangote Group and which will use Nigerian crude, was previously set to come on stream in 2020. But officials said the construction will be complete by end-2020 and the plant will be operational by early-2021.

“The refinery will be ready early in 2021 and we hope to reach full capacity before the end of that year,” Devakumar Edwin, an executive director at Dangote told reporters.

Edwin said the refinery will “dedicate 53%” of the projected 650,000 b/d refining capacity to the production of gasoline. Nigeria is dependent 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 project 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 Nigeria’s fuel imports and could cap the country’s crude exports.

Source / More : energymixreport.com


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