Dangote Refinery has assured Nigerians that its refined products, specifically diesel and aviation fuel, will be available in the market this month.
The company, which made the promise while announcing that production had started, promised to meet domestic demands.
This is coming as petroleum products marketers are eagerly awaiting the release of the Dangote Refinery’s product price list.
The company has also hailed President Bola Tinubu for his support of the company and his visionary leadership.
The announcement is coming on the heels of the successful delivery of about six million barrels of crude oil to the 650,000 barrels-per-day plant in the past few weeks.
Dangote Group’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Anthony Chiejina, said in a statement, “The refinery started production after receiving six million barrels of crude oil from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited”.
It was gathered on Friday that the Dangote Petroleum Refinery commenced production with the refining of diesel and aviation fuel.
In a statement at the weekend in Lagos, Chiejina quoted the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to have elatedly thanked President Tinubu for his support, encouragement and thoughtful advice towards the actualisation of the project.
Dangote also thanked the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and Nigerians for their support and belief in the historic project.
According to him, “We thank President Tinubu for his support and for making our dream come true.
“This production, as witnessed today, would not have been possible without his visionary leadership and prompt attention to detail.
“His intervention at various stages cleared all impediments, thereby accelerating the actualisation of the project.
“We also thank the NNPCL, NUPRC and NMDPRA for their support.
“These organisations have been our dependable partners in this historic journey.
“We also thank Nigerians for their belief and support in this project,” he said.
Dangote said: “We have started the production of diesel and aviation fuel, and the products will be in the market before the end of the month.
“This is a big day for Nigeria. We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone.
“This is an important achievement for our country as it demonstrates our ability to develop and deliver large capital projects.
“This is a game changer for our country, and I am very fulfilled with the actualisation of this project.
“The refinery has so far received six million barrels of crude oil at its two SPMs located 25 kilometres from the shore.
“The first crude delivery was done on Dec. 12, 2023, and the 6th cargo was delivered on Jan. 8, 2024,” he added.
He said that the refinery can load 2,900 trucks a day at its truck-loading gantries.
He added that the products from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications.
Dangote boss said that the refinery design complies with the World Bank, US EPA, European emission norms, and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms. State-of-the-art technology
Meanwhile, THISDAY gathered that marketers are eagerly awaiting the release of the Dangote Refinery products’ price list.
The National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Abubakar Maigandi, expressed the association’s eagerness to obtain the list yesterday.
He said the intention is to promptly present the list to its members.
He said: “We want to know Dangote petroleum products prices. We will request it so that we can give it to our members.”
Maigandi also revealed the intention of the association’s executive members to follow up on the request for product allocation from the refinery.