All roads lead to Ibeju Lekki, Lagos precisely to the Lekki Free Trade Zone as Muhammadu Buhari, president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria leads a powerful delegation to the commissioning of the long-awaited Dangote refinery.
While so much information may have been written about the Refinery project, it is important to note some vital details about what makes the Dangote Refinery project thick.
For the purpose of clarity, the Dangote Refinery is located in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, covering a land area of approximately 2,635 hectares.
The refinery according to the company is powered by a 435-megawatt (MW) power plant and is the world’s largest single train with a capacity of 650,000 barrels per day with a 900 KTPA Polypropylene plant.
When fully functional, the refinery can meet 100 percent of the Nigerian requirement of all refined products and also have surplus for exports. It is important also to note that the project is designed for 100 percent Nigerian crude with flexibility to process other crudes.
Another important piece of information about the Dangote Refinery that Buhari is commissioning is that it has a self-sufficient marine facility with the ability for freight optimisation. It possesses the largest single order of 5 single-point moorings (SPMs) anywhere in the world as the Diesel and gasoline from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications.
Again the refinery design complies with World Bank, US EPA, European emission norms and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms. It is incorporated with state-of-the-art technology.
Dangote Refinery is designed to process large variety of crudes, including many of the African crudes, some of the Middle Eastern crudes and the US Light Tight Oil. It also has 65 million cubic meters of sand dredged, costing approximately €300 million, using the world’s largest dredgers.
The refinery bought over 1,200 units of various equipment to enhance the local capacity for site works. In addition it bought 332 cranes to build up equipment installation capacity.
The Dangote Refinery built the world’s largest granite quarry to supply coarse aggregate, stone column material, stone base, stone dust and material for breakwater (10 million tons per year production capacity). It developed a port and constructed two quays with a load bearing capacity of 25 tons/square meter to bring over dimensional cargoes close to the site directly.
Another important thing to note about this refinery is that it constructed two more quays in the port with a capacity to handle up to Panamax vessels to export, two quays to handle liquid cargoes. The port will have six quays, including a roll on/roll off quay.
Furthermore, in the course of the civil works, 700 piles were drilled on some days, it has 177 tanks of up 4.742 billion liters capacity.
Dangote is one of the few companies in the world executing a Petroleum refinery & a Petrochemical complex directly as an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.
It has Trained 900 young engineers in refinery operations abroad. Mechanical Engineers trained in the GE University in Italy. Process Engineers trained by Honeywell/Universal Oil Products (UOP) for six months.
As soon as the president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, cuts the tape to signal its official commissioning, it is expected that the Dangote refinery will bring a whole new vigor to production and supply of petroleum products in the Nigeria.