ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Dangote Oil Refinery has successfully received its first shipment of one million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO).
The crude feedstock was discharged into the refinery’s crude oil tanks via the STASCO vessel at the refinery’s single point mooring (SPM).
Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has previously stated that the plant will begin production with 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude.
The company has mentioned that this initial one million barrels, part of the six million barrels to be supplied by various suppliers, will sustain the initial 350,000 bpd to be processed by the facility.
The refinery is set to receive the next four cargoes from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited in two to three weeks, while the final two cargoes will be supplied by ExxonMobil.
This supply will support the initial operation of the refinery and the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and LPG, before progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The refinery, with a capacity of 650,000 bpd, is designed to process 100% Nigerian crude, as well as other African and international crude grades.
Dangote Petroleum Refinery aims to meet 100% of Nigeria’s refined product requirements, with a surplus for export.
The refinery has a self-sufficient marine facility capable of handling the largest vessels and will conform to international emission and effluent norms.
The company’s focus in the coming months is to ramp up the refinery to its full capacity.