Nigeria's Dangote refinery starts production after years of delays
- Nigeria's Dangote oil refinery, constructed by Aliko Dangote, has started production of diesel and aviation fuel after years of delays.
- The $20 billion refinery aims to achieve self-sufficiency in fuel consumption and export to neighboring West African countries.
- Test runs are expected to begin this week after the refinery received its sixth crude oil cargo on January 8th.
Nigeria's Dangote oil refinery has initiated the production of diesel and aviation fuel, marking a significant milestone after years of construction delays at the 650,000 barrel per day (bpd) facility.
Situated on a peninsula on the outskirts of Lagos, the commercial capital, the refinery, valued at $20 billion, was constructed by Aliko Dangote, Africa's wealthiest individual. Despite being Africa's leading energy producer, Nigeria has historically depended on imports for the majority of its fuel consumption.
The Dangote refinery aims not only to achieve self-sufficiency but also to facilitate fuel exports to neighboring West African nations, potentially reshaping oil trading dynamics in the Atlantic Basin. Company sources say that test runs could commence this week following the refinery's receipt of its sixth crude oil cargo on January 8th.
The Dangote Refinery stands as Africa's largest single-train refinery. Anticipated to be a transformative force in Nigeria's oil and gas sector, the refinery aims to diminish the country's dependence on imported fuel and generate substantial export revenue. Dangote has confirmed that the long-awaited refinery is commencing operations with an initial output of 350,000 barrels per day. Furthermore, a decision to list the Refinery on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) is expected to draw a diverse range of investors, both from domestic and international markets. This listing is poised to enhance the liquidity of the Nigerian stock market and bolster its reputation as a prominent regional investment hub.