Dangote Refinery to Commence Production in Mid-2023—NNPC

August 31, 2022
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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mr Mele Kyari, has said that the country would stop importing petroleum products by 2023.

Mr Kyari disclosed this at the State House Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team, on Tuesday in Abuja, saying the combination of output from the Dangote refinery scheduled to begin next year and state-owned refineries would eliminate any importation of petroleum products into the country.

He noted that the NNPC had the right to 20 per cent of production from the Dangote refinery.

“The NNPC owns 20 per cent equity in the Dangote refinery and not only that, and we’re very proud of this. We’re not only owning 20 per cent equity, we have the first right of refusal to supply crude oil to that plant. But we saw this energy transition challenge coming, we knew at that time will come when you look for people who will buy your crude oil you will not find and that means that we have locked down the ability to sell crude oil for 330,000 barrels minimum by right for the next 20 years.

“Also, by right, we have access to 20 per cent of the production from that plant. That means that whatever it does, you know we have a right to take 20 per cent of that production as part of our equity and this refinery will come on stream latest by the middle of next year.

“Projection is the first quarter, but we think that it can come up latest by the middle of next year. If it does, this refinery alone, because it has a 650,000 per barrel capacity and different technology, means that it can crack the crude in a manner that you can have more gasoline than a typical refinery.

“That means that the refinery has the ability to produce up to 50 million litres of PMS. So, the combination of that and our ability to bring back our refinery will completely eliminate any potential petroleum product into this country next year. You will not see any importation into this country next year. This is very practical. This is possible,” Mr Kyari said.

“As a matter of fact, when we’re done with our refineries and the Dangote Refinery, very many small initiatives that we are doing; small, modular, condenser refineries that we’re building, if that happens, and we are very optimistic it will happen, you will see that this country will now be a net exporter.

“As a matter of fact, it will be a hub for the export of petroleum products, not just to the West African sub-region but to the rest of the world.

“This will happen, and the flow of supply will change. By the middle of next year, it will change. So, you will have no need for the importation of petroleum products into this country by the middle of next year,” Mr Kyari added.

In July, Mr Kyari announced that the NNPC limited will be ready to launch an initial public offering (IPO) in the middle of next year. 

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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