with agency reports
18 March 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Dangote Group, controlled by Africa’s richest man, may list an oil refinery that it’s building in Nigeria once it becomes profitable.
Dangote Group Stakeholder Relations Director Mansur Ahmed said the plant, which will be able to process 500,000 barrels of crude a day, will be situated near the commercial hub of Lagos. It will target Euro 5 production standards and may supply domestic and export markets.
“Basic design has been completed,” Ahmed said in a speech read on behalf of group president Aliko Dangote at the African Refiners Association conference in Cape Town. “Site clearing is nearing completion. Site development should commence in a few weeks’ time.”
While Nigeria is Africa’s top producer of crude oil, it relies on imports to meet more than 70 percent of its needs. Four state refineries with a combined capacity of 445,000 barrels a day are operating at a fraction of that because of poor maintenance and aging equipment.
“The current domestic refining capacity has been whittled down to less than 10 percent of the capacity that exists,” Ahmed said. “There is currently demand of over 500,000 barrels per day in Nigeria.”
In September 2013, Dangote said it had agreed on a $3.3 billion loan with 12 Nigerian and foreign lenders to build the refinery as well as a petrochemical and fertilizer complex costing a total of $9 billion. At the time, the facility in Africa’s biggest economy was expected to have capacity of 400,000 barrels a day. The plant is expected to come on-stream in late 2017 or the first half of 2018, the company said in November.
Dangote will use equity and debt to pay for the refinery, Mansur said. The company plans to utilize two underwater pipelines and large vessels to deliver crude to the facility.
The group owns Dangote Cement Plc, the country’s biggest company by market value, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Dangote Industries Ltd. and Dangote Oil Services Ltd.