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650,000 BPD capacity Dangote Petroluem Refinery commissioned

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, has been inaugurated, marking a monumental achievement in Nigeria’s pursuit of self-sufficiency in refined petroleum products.

With its capacity of 650,000 barrels per day (BPD), this refinery is poised to reshape the nation’s energy landscape, positioning Nigeria as a global powerhouse in the oil and gas sector.

The groundbreaking project aims to fulfil 100% of Nigeria’s domestic refined product requirements and the surplus of each refined product will enable Nigeria to become a net exporter.

A Game-Changing Milestone

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery, valued at $18.9 million, stands as the largest single-train refinery in the world, spanning 1,100 kilometres and it has the capacity to handle 3 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day.

This state-of-the-art facility is geared towards producing Euro-V quality gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and polypropylene, setting new standards in the industry.

As one of Nigeria’s most substantial investments to date, the refinery is complemented by a 435-megawatt power station, a deep seaport, and a fertilizer unit.

President Muhammadu Buhari, at the inauguration, described the Dangote Petroleum Refinery as a milestone achievement that will redefine Nigeria’s position in the global market.

He applauded the Dangote Group, led by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for its commitment to transforming the economy.

“This is not the first time the Dangote Group under Alhaji aliko Dangote is putting Nigeria on the global map through his investments in key industries, the group has helped transformed our economy from heavy import dependence to a net exporter”. President Buhari noted

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President of the Dangote Group, emphasized that the Refinery and Petrochemicals project was designed to position Nigeria as a key player in the global downstream market. .

The impact of the Dangote Petroleum Refinery extends beyond Nigeria’s borders, drawing admiration and appreciation from neighbouring countries.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana hailed the project as a catalyst for Africa’s progress, while President Macky Sall of Senegal, speaking on behalf of his Togolese counterpart, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, acknowledged the Dangote Group’s contributions to solving African challenges.

While Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State expressed his optimism that the Dangote Petroleum Refinery would generate both direct and indirect employment opportunities, stimulating economic growth and fostering social development.

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery is expected to bring several benefits to Nigeria. These include increased domestic refining capacity, reduced reliance on imported petroleum products, job creation, technology transfer, foreign exchange savings, and potential economic growth through the exportation of refined products.

Writing by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Julian Osamoto and Adeniyi Bakare