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Just In: Dangote Refinery Begins Production

Dangote Refinery may have started production. Credit: Joe Igbokwe

Dangote refinery may have began production, a former commissioner in Lagos state, Joe Igbokwe has hinted.

Igbokwe who posted on his Facebook profile about the development said he noticed flames from the site of the refinery on Sunday, adding that it was an indication that production has started at the facility.

He added that he was quite sure production has started at the refinery because he once served as an intern at a refinery and the flame is a pointer to the fact that production has commenced.

“At the Lekki trade free zone Lagos today and noticed that dangote refinery may have started production and the flame is the sign.

“I am a mechanical engineer. I have also worked in Warri Refinery as an intern . The flame is a sign of production,” Igbokwe clarified.

The Precision NG reports that Nigeria has been facing challenges in refining her own crude oil. It presently takes the oil outside the shores of the country and then import it back before sales.

The Dangote refinery is seen as one that would provide a succour for the country.

Dangote refinery is a 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) integrated refinery and petrochemical project under construction in the Lekki Free Zone near Lagos, Nigeria.

It is expected to be the Africa’s biggest oil refinery and the world’s biggest single-train facility, upon completion in 2020.

The Precision NG reports that the Dangote refinery is expected to produce 10.4 million tonnes (Mt) of gasoline, 4.6Mt of diesel, and 4Mt of jet fuel a year.

It will also annually produce 0.69Mt of polypropylene, 0.24Mt of propane, 32,000t of Sulphur, and 0.5Mt of carbon black feed.

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