Dangote Refinery, the Largest in Africa Completed, set for Commissioning

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Dangote Oil Refinery, the largest in Africa and 7th Largest in the World, is to be Commissioned by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dangote Refinery
Inside the impressive control room of the Dangote Oil Refinery in Lekki, Lagos.
The largest single-train oil refinery on planet earth.
A spaceship-like design.

Nigeria's Dangote Oil and Petrochemical Refinery, the largest single-train oil refinery on Earth, will be officially commissioned by the President of Nigeria on January 24th, 2023. The $25 billion investment is the largest single investment made by an individual on the African continent and the most expensive industrial complex in Africa and possibly the world.

The refinery, which can produce 650,000 barrels per day (BPD), is capable of meeting the energy demands of Nigeria and Africa. Dangote announced plans to build the refinery in 2013, with an initial cost estimate of $9 billion. Construction began in 2016.

IMG 20230115 WA0014 Dangote Refinery, the Largest in Africa Completed, set for Commissioning
Aliko Dangote, Chairman Dangote Group

The refinery, originally intended to be built in the oil-producing state of Ondo, was eventually moved to Lagos due to a lack of political will on the part of the Ondo state government. The refinery is expected to generate $20 billion annually for Nigeria and reposition the country as an energy hub globally.

The refinery will produce 50,000,000 litres (13,000,000 US gallons) of Euro-V quality gasoline and 17,000,000 litres (4,500,000 US gallons) of diesel daily and aviation fuel and plastic products. It will provide 135,000 permanent jobs and 300,000 direct and indirect jobs.

In addition, the Dangote Oil Refinery will have a Nelson complexity index of 10.5, making it more complex than most refineries in the United States (average 9.5) or Europe (average 6.5). The refinery is also located on 10 standard football fields and has the longest subsea gas pipeline in the world, with a length of 1100km.

A few African countries have expressed interest in buying refined oil from the Dangote refinery.

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