‘Dangote Refinery will expose Nigeria’s midstream, downstream to international markets’

Dangote Refinery complex

President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said the coming on stream of the Dangote Petroleum Refinery will expose Nigeria’s midstream and downstream sectors to the international markets.

Dangote said the refinery being constructed in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, will guarantee the availability of high quality environmentally-compliant products in Nigeria, regional markets in West Africa, Southern Africa and inter-continental markets.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Director, Corporate Communications Department, Dangote Group, Tony Chiejina, quoted Dangote as speaking at the 2022 Nigerian Content Midstream and Downstream Oil and Gas Summit, which was held recently in Lagos.

Dangote, represented by the Technical Consultant, Dangote Industries Ltd., Babajide Soyode, said the 650,000bpd refinery will promote competition of local refining in Africa by encouraging existing large refineries to upscale, leading to surplus products for exports.

He said: “Dangote Petroleum Refinery will guarantee adequate fuel production for domestic consumption and availability of excess products for export, which will help to stabilise our domestic currency.

“It will lead to upgrading and expansion of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. refineries and promotion of prospects of Nigeria’s transformation to a regional refining hub.”

He emphasised the need for the Federal Government to invest more on quality infrastructure to reduce importation of refinery equipment that would ordinarily be sourced in Nigeria.

Dangote noted that the development of specific, sustainable equipment manufacturing and services should be the focus of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), and the Federal Government.

“Funding of a project should be to ensure that a substantial part of the product plant must be of Nigerian origin; the same applies to goods and services.

“Government should ensure a single digit tax regime to encourage investment in the downstream sector,” he added.

Funding of a project should be to ensure that a substantial part of the product plant must be of Nigerian origin; the same applies to goods and services.

Refining capacity

Also, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, reiterated the government’s target to increase domestic refining capacity to 1.4 million barrels per day in the next five years.

Wabote said this was being done by rehabilitating the existing four national refineries and providing strategic support for setting up private-owned Greenfield and modular refineries in the country.

“Combined refining capacity of more than 1.4mbpd is expected from these focus areas within the next five years.

“About 400,000bpd is expected from the rehabilitation of NNPC refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna using target performance of not less than 90 per cent of nameplate capacity.

“The greenfield element of the roadmap covers the 650,000bpd Dangote Refinery in Lagos and the 200,000bpd BUA Refinery in Akwa Ibom,” said Wabote.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, said there were huge opportunities in the oil and gas value chain.

Ahmed, represented by the Executive Director, Hydrocarbon Processing Plants, Installations and Transportation Infrastructure, NMDPRA, Francis Ogaree, said the authority would continue to enable business in the sector.

He said the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) had introduced a governance framework for the industry with clear delineation of roles between regulation and profit-centric business units.

Ahmed noted that the Act contained fiscal incentives to attract investment in gas development and local refining.

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