Why Dangote refinery is importing crude from US – Report

A few weeks ago, the Dangote oil refinery commenced the production of diesel and aviation fuel after facing years of construction delays at the $20 billion facility.

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Why Dangote refinery is importing crude from US - Report
Dangote Petroleum Refinery

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery is set to import crude oil from the United States in the coming months, as the $20 billion facility intensifies moves to start pumping out refined products.

This is coming as it has become clear that the Dangote Petroleum Refinery would be unable to receive sufficient stock from the NNPC and other players in the local crude oil market.

Trafigura Group has sold 2 million barrels of WTI Midland to the Dangote refinery for end-February delivery, Bloomberg reported Monday, quoting traders with knowledge of the matter.

This is the first time that the giant refinery has purchased non-Nigerian crude, traders said.

Dangote Petroleum Refinery had earlier in the month commenced production of diesel and aviation fuel.

Africa’s largest refinery’s move to import crude from the US is a sign of just how competitive American barrels have become in the global market, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

The Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical Project, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited, is a 650,000 barrels per day crude oil refinery, located in Dangote Industries Free Zone, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State

Traders have noted that this marks the first occasion where the refinery has procured crude oil from sources outside of Nigeria.

BRANDPOWER reports that the surge in US oil supply over the past decade has reshaped the global market, extending its impact to regions as distant as Asia. This development is critical for Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, whose economy heavily relies on petroleum exports.

A few weeks ago, the Dangote oil refinery commenced the production of diesel and aviation fuel after facing years of construction delays at the $20 billion facility.

The refinery is obtaining domestic crude through a supply agreement with the trading arm of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Co. The first crude delivery to the facility took place on December 12, 2023, and the sixth cargo was successfully delivered on January 8, 2024.

The first cargo that arrived at the plant was Nigeria’s Agbami crude, sold by a trading unit of Shell Plc. This was followed by more Nigerian barrels including the nation’s Amenam, Bonny Light and CJ Blend streams.

In addition to processing domestic feedstock, the new giant plant is designed to handle other African crudes, as well as supply from further afield, including the US and Saudi Arabia, according to statements from the Dangote Group earlier this month.

The refinery is expected to generate 27 million litres of diesel, 11 million litres of kerosene, and 9 million litres of jet fuel.