Africa’s Largest Refinery to Rely on Roads for Fuel Shipments

Africa’s most prominent oil refinery will deliver its fuels to Nigerian consumers by roads and seaports, and can effectively change all of Nigeria’s gasoline imports as soon as fully operational, an organization executive stated.

The 650,000 barrel-per-day Dangote oil refinery is under development in Lagos, the largest city in the most fuel-consuming country within the region, which absorbed 266,000 barrels of petroleum merchandise per day as of 2015.

Congested ports and neglected roads led some to expect that the corporate would build a pipeline or different method of getting its fuel to consumers.

However, Dangote Group Executive Director Devakumar Edwin told an OTL (Oil Trading and Logistics) Expo in Lagos that fuels would go via “shuttle” boats to Nigerian cities Warri and Calabar, and that different deliveries would go in vehicles.

The corporate is itself fixing and expanding one of many current roads to Lekki – a region adjacent to Lagos’s financial and business district – Edwin stated, while the Lagos state authorities will build one other toll road to help shipments.

Dangote had beforehand said that the refinery’s mechanical completion was delayed until 2020, although industry sources said in 2018 that gas output was unlikely before 2022.

The refinery is also setting up centers that will permit it to export its diesel, gasoline, and different fuels to markets along with Europe and Latin America aboard vessels as large as Suezmax tankers.

It’s also designed to have the ability to produce diesel that fulfills European winter requirements and might be high quality enough to go to any marketplace.

The refinery’s startup will be significantly robust on European refineries, which at the moment supply a big portion of fuel consumed in West Africa, another Dangote executive speaking at the conference stated.


Alfredoo Epps

Alfredo Epps is a finance expert heading the petroleum column. He joined the group last year as an associate writer. But his thorough research skills and ability to seamlessly putting numerical data into words helped him get a senior position. Apart from a column head, Alfredo is a dancer and a violinist.

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