Dangote Refinery opens, eyes crude from three continents

Outgoing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is commissioning the 650,000 BPD Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals plant today.

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery, which covers an area of approximately 2,635 hectares—about the six times the size of Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria—is expected to be Africa’s largest oil refinery and the world’s largest single-train facility.

A single-train refinery utilizes a single integrated processing unit to perform all refining operations such as distillation, cracking and purification.

The Dangote complex also will integrate refining with petrochemical production, producing not only various petroleum products but also petrochemicals such as polypropylene and polyethylene.

The refinery pipeline infrastructure is also the largest in the world, with 1,100 kilometers to handle 3 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day. The refinery alone has a 435MW power plant.

The refinery will meet 100% of the Nigerian requirement of all refined products and also have a surplus of each of these products for export.

Dangote Petroleum Refinery is a multi-billion dollar project that will create a market for $21 billion per annum of Nigerian crude. It is designed to process Nigerian crude with the ability to also process other crudes.

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