Dangote Refinery To Export Two Fuel Cargoes – Report

Dangote Refinery To Export Two Fuel Cargoes – Report
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The Dangote Petroleum Refinery has issued tenders to sell two fuel cargoes for export, the first from the newly commissioned refinery, trading sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Nigerians have been eagerly looking forward to the release of products from the $20bn Dangote refinery after it was inaugurated in May last year by former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that on February 8, 2024, media reported that indications emerged that lingering regulatory approvals had stalled Dangote Petrochemical Refinery’s plan to release aviation fuel (Jet A1) and diesel for sale in the Nigerian market in January.

The report had stated that one week after the January 31 timeline set by the management of Africa’s largest refinery to begin sale of its petroleum product in the local market, the refinery was still battling to cross the hurdles of the several layers of regulatory approvals.

It stated that the development came almost a month after the refinery began the production of petroleum products at the expansive facility.

On January 12, 2024, Dangote refinery announced that it had commenced the production of Automotive Gas Oil, popularly called diesel, and aviation fuel or JetA1.

The refinery, Africa’s largest with a nameplate capacity of 650,000 barrels per day, was built on a peninsula on the outskirts of the commercial capital Lagos by the continent’s richest man Aliko Dangote.

Nigeria has for years relied on expensive imports for nearly all the fuel it consumes but the $20bn refinery is set to turn it into a net exporter of fuel to other West African countries, in a huge potential shift of power and profit dynamics in the industry

Reuters stated in its report on Wednesday that Dangote declined its request for comment. The oil firm has also remained mute to several enquiries by media source.

The first cargo is 65,000 metric tonnes of low-sulphur straight run fuel oil, which Dangote has awarded to Trafigura and is due to load at the end of February, three of the sources said, according to Reuters, as it added that Trafigura declined to comment.

At least one refiner said they had been offered the cargo by Trafigura without elaborating further.

The second tender is for about 60,000 tonnes of naphtha, three other sources said. Two of them added that the tender closes on February 15. Loading details were not immediately available.

Sources told Reuters last week that the refinery was preparing to deliver its first fuel cargoes to the domestic market within weeks.

The two fuels on offer are typical products of running light sweet crude through a crude distillation unit in a refinery without further upgrading capacity.

It is expected to take months for upgrading units to be brought online, experts have said. The refiner began buying crude in December last year and Nigeria’s state-owned oil firm NNPC Ltd has been the main supplier.

Dangote has also purchased some US oil and is expected to receive two million barrels of US WTI Midland in early March, according to LSEG and Kpler ship tracking.

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