Lagos — Nigeria is expected to drive new-build crude distillation unit (CDU) capacity growth in the global refinery industry from planned and announced (new-build) projects during the outlook period 2019 to 2023, contributing around 13% of global CDU capacity growth by 2023, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
The company’s report, ‘H2 2019 Global Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook for Refineries – Nigeria Leads Global Refinery CDU Capacity Additions’, reveals that Nigeria is expected to have a new-build refinery CDU capacity of 1,935 thousand barrels per day (mbd) by 2023. Planned projects with identifiable development plans account for 58% of the new-build capacity (1,118mbd), while the remaining 817mbd is expected to come from early-stage announced projects.
Dipayan Chakraborty, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, says: “Nigeria is expected to add 32 new-build refineries during 2019 to 2023. Among these, Lagos I is the largest new-build refinery, which is expected to start operations in 2020 with a capacity of 650mbd.”