Flare At Dangote Refinery Signals The Begining Of Production 🎊 The Scoper Media


The Dangote Refinery has started production. The largest single-train refinery in the world located in Nigeria’s commercial hub began operations in the early hours of Friday, 12, Jan, 2024

This followed the delivery of six million barrels of crude supply to the refinery.

Although it was supposed to begin operations in June 2023, the oil refinery built by Aliko Dangote received its first crude deliveries late last year in a step to starting up the delayed megaproject.

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The Dangote refinery was expected to begin production in June 2023.


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FILE PHOTO: President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, gives the welcome address at the inauguration of Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals on Monday, May 22, 2023. (Photo: State House)


Billed as Africa’s largest of its type, the 650,000 barrel-per-day Dangote refinery could be a game changer for Nigeria’s economy when fully operational by helping end the country’s reliance on fuel imports.

The initial run will be for the production of diesel and aviation fuel before moving on to petrol output.

Though one of Africa’s largest oil producers and the continent’s top economy, Nigeria relies almost totally on imported fuel and diesel because of a lack of refining capacity.

Fuel imports and subsidies caused a huge drain on foreign exchange when Nigeria was struggling with dwindling oil revenues and foreign currency shortages.

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

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FILE PHOTO: L-R: Nigeria’s then-Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Nigeria’s former President, Muhammadu Buhari, Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo; Senegalese President, Macky Sall; Niger Republic’s President, Mohamed Bazoum; and Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe at the inauguration of the Dangote refinery on Monday, May 22, 2023, in Lagos


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FILE PHOTO: Ex-President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurates the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals in Lagos State on Monday, May 22, 2023. (Photo: State House)


The facility sits on 2,635 hectares (6,500 acres) of land at the Lekki Free Zone on the edge of Lagos city and costs an estimated $19bn.

The refinery, first scheduled to open in 2021, was officially inaugurated by then-president Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Since coming to office in May, President Bola Tinubu has ended the long-standing fuel subsidy and floated the naira currency in economic reforms he says will attract foreign investment and build long-term growth.

The former Lagos governor has called on Nigerians to be patient with his reform programme as the initial impact saw fuel prices soar, a sharp fall in the value of the naira, and an increase in the cost of living.

As the Dangote refinery begins production, the Port Harcourt refinery is also expected to start production.

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