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Dangote Confirms Receiving Maiden Crude Cargo Of 1m Barrels

…says supply will facilitate the initial run of the refinery

...To Play a Pivotal Role In Alleviating Fuel Supply challenges in Nigeria, other West African countries

Dangote Group has confirmed the purchase and receipt of the maiden cargo for the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals plant.

Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Dangote Group, Mr. Anthony Chiejina, in a statement on Friday, said the supply is 1 million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO.

He explained that the supply would facilitate the initial run of the refinery as well as kick-start the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG before subsequently progressing to the production of fuel.

He added that this latest development will play a pivotal role in alleviating the fuel supply challenges faced by Nigeria as well as the West African countries.

Chiejina said: “In a major step towards boosting Nigeria’s domestic refining capacity and attaining energy security (self-sufficiency), Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals plant has purchased 1 million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO), one of the largest trading companies in Nigeria as well as globally, trading over 8 million barrels of crude oil per day.

“The STASCO cargo contained 1 million barrels from Agbami and sailed to Dangote Refinery’s Single Point Mooring (SPM) where it was discharged into the refinery’s crude oil tanks.

“The maiden 1 million barrels, which represent the first phase of the 6 million barrels of crude oil to be supplied to Dangote Petroleum Refinery by a range of suppliers, should sustain the initial 350,000 barrels per day to be processed by the facility. The next four cargoes will be supplied by the NNPC in two to three weeks and the final of the six cargoes will be supplied by ExxonMobil.”

He added: “This supply will facilitate the initial run of the refinery as well as kick-start the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

“This latest development will play a pivotal role in alleviating the fuel supply challenges faced by Nigeria as well as the West African countries.

He said the refinery is designed for 100% Nigerian crude with the flexibility to process other crudes.

He added that the 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Petroleum Refinery can process most African crude grades, Middle Eastern Arab Light, and even US Light tight oil as well as crude from other countries.

He stated that Dangote Petroleum Refinery can meet 100% of Nigeria’s requirement of all refined products, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation jet, and also has a surplus of each of these products for export.

He explained that the refinery was built to take crude through its two SPMs located 25 kilometers from the shore and to discharge petroleum products through three separate SPMs.

He said that in addition, the refinery can load 2,900 trucks a day at its truck-loading gantries.

According to him, Dangote Refinery has a self-sufficient marine facility with the ability to handle the largest vessel globally available. In addition, all products from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications.

He further explained that the refinery is designed to comply with US EPA, European emission norms, and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms as well as African Refiners and Distribution Association (ARDA) standards.

President of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote stated: “We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone. This is an important achievement for our country as it demonstrates our ability to develop and deliver large capital projects.

“Our focus over the coming months is to ramp up the refinery to its full capacity. I look forward to the next significant milestone when we deliver the first batch of products to the Nigerian market.”

Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor stated: “We welcome the startup of a refinery that is designed to produce gasoline, diesel, and low-sulfur fuels for Nigeria and across West Africa and are happy to be enabling it.”

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