Only 3 African countries have functional refineries!


Dangote refineres plans massive gas exports from Nigeria

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By Ada Anioji


Only three countries on the African continent today have working and functional refineries, Chief Operating Officer of Dangote Industries Limited, owners of the under-construction Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Complex, Mr. Olakunle Alake has disclosed.

A massive 17 billion-dollar project that is projected to create over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs by the first quarter of 2019, Alake made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

On the gas component of the project, he was upbeat that it would equally come in handy in helping Nigeria and Africa better resolve its existing gas supply challenges.

In recent times for example, countries like Nigeria and Ghana have faced excruciatng pressure in accessing gas to feed basic power generation and other industrial and domestic demand.

‘By the time we finish our gas pipeline it will be able to generate about 12,000mw which can be exported to other African countries.

“We will have the capacity to store four billion litres of products and load 2,680 trucks per day.

For Nigeria in particular, the project project promises upon take-off to contribute enormously in helping to resolve the nation’s foreign exchange liquidity crisis.

“The project will aid the country with about 7.5 billion dollars forex savings on importation. It will also generate five billion dollars forex earnings from savings and another 5.5 billion dollars export earnings.”

Affirming that the complex would be the single largest single petrochemical stream in the world, he also stated that its coming on stream will be a monumental blessing to the country in many respects.

Besides the fact that ‘the refinery and fertiliser projects will create job opportunities for the communities and Nigerians when it becomes operational,’ the refinery alone ‘will have a refining capacity of about 650,000 barrels of crude a day.”

Consequently, he projected that the project would force down the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in the country even as it saves money and forex currently spent on importation.

He said that projects such as these would optimise government revenue and wean Nigeria from relying solely on oil.

According to him, the best way to diversify Nigeria’s economy is through agriculture and the fertiliser plant is in line with that goal.

The chief operating officer said that the 98 per cent of basic engineering on the fertiliser plant had been executed, while the construction had progressed by 30 per cent.

 “The project will aid the country with about 7.5 billion dollars forex savings on importation.

 “It will also generate five billion dollars forex earnings from savings and another 5.5 billion dollars export earnings.”

Alake said the projects would help the country save five billion dollars on oil importation when it became operational in 2019.

“By the time we complete this project, there will be opportunity to take on agriculture and say bye to poverty because there will be jobs; no sector has more job potential than agriculture.

“Though the project is an ambitious one but when completed it will give Nigeria a new economic direction in its quest for economic diversification.”

He said excess products would be exported to give Nigeria the much needed foreign exchange.

“That is when diversification starts.”

Alake said, however, that access to foreign exchange posed serious challenges to the projects.

“We aim to complete the projects within the time frame to assist in easing the forex problem.

 “We appeal to the Federal Government to support these private initiatives by providing funding for the projects.

 “However, government through the Bank of Industry schemes has given us a credit facility of N50 billion to develop the fertiliser plant.

“We have also gotten another N75 billion approval for the refinery, which we have not yet accessed.”


L-R: Aliko Dangote, Industry Minister, Okechukwu Enelamah, Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe during a 2016 tour of the petrochemical complex


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