In a landmark development for Nigeria’s energy landscape, the Dangote Petroleum Refinery has officially commenced production of diesel and aviation fuel, marking a significant stride in the nation’s quest for self-sufficiency in petroleum products. Anthony Chiejina, the Chief Branding and Communications Officer of Dangote Group, confirmed the initiation of operations on Friday, with Chairman Aliko Dangote expressing gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his unwavering support.
The Dangote Group, in an early Saturday statement, clarified that while diesel and aviation fuel production is underway, the production of petroleum motor spirit (petrol) is still pending. Aliko Dangote expressed elation over reaching this pivotal milestone, attributing the success to President Tinubu’s visionary leadership and prompt attention to details.
Dangote acknowledged the support of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, and the entire Nigerian populace for their belief in this historic project. He stated, “This is a big day for Nigeria. 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. This is a game changer for our country.”
The refinery, situated in the Dangote Industries Free Zone, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, is equipped with the capacity to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil daily, adhering to global emission norms and specifications. The facility, covering approximately 2,635 hectares, has received six shipments of one million barrels each of crude oil.
While the production of diesel and aviation fuel has commenced, the delayed supply of crude oil in instalments is attributed to the pending initiation of petrol production. The Dangote Petroleum Refinery holds the promise of transforming Nigeria’s energy landscape, and citizens are optimistic that it will contribute to a reduction in the price of petroleum products.