Dangote Refinery, Africa's largest oil refinery and the world's largest single-train refinery is scheduled to start fuel production as the first crude oil cargo from Agbami arrives Thursday at the facility.
The oil ship, MT OTIS (owned by Trafigura) with BL QTY 999,748 barrels of Agbami Crude grade from Chevron terminal, supplied by Shell Trading, arrived at the Dangote Terminal ahead of the scheduled arrival time of 7 pm.
According to reports, the oil tanker left Chevron Terminal on December 6 and landed at Dangote Terminal on Thursday.
The Dangote Oil Refinery, located on the outskirts of Lagos in the Lekki Free Zone, is a 650,000 barrels per day integrated refinery. The Dangote Petroleum Refinery also boasts the most extensive pipeline infrastructure, with 1,100 km of pipeline capable of handling 3 billion Standard Cubic Foot of petrol each day.
When fully operating, the refinery will fulfil 100% of Nigeria's refined product requirements while also having a surplus of each of these products for export.
The $19 billion refinery is intended to treat Nigerian oil but can also process other crudes.
Since excavation and infrastructure preparation began in 2016, the refinery has experienced a series of delays. It was supposed to be finished in 2018. It was, however, dedicated on May 22, 2023.
The refinery stated in September 2023 that it will begin producing diesel and kerosene in October and petrol in November.
The arrival of the first crude cargo from Agbami represents an important milestone in the refinery's manufacturing process.