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Dangote Refinery may roll out PMS supply in May – Report 

Dangote Refinery is set to supply Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)  popularly known as petrol to marketers next month, May 2024, according to sources familiar with the matter.

NewsTimes reported yesterday that the largest refinery in Africa began the distribution of diesel and aviation jet fuel to domestic marketers at 1,225/ltr, a development that might reduce the retail price of both products in the coming months.

According to Bloomberg report, the new mega-refinery will begin supply of PMS in the domestic market in May, significantly reducing Nigeria’s dependence on imported petroleum products.

The refinery, which began its operations in January, made its first export last month, shipping 65,000 metric tons of low-sulfur straight run fuel oil and approximately 60,000 tons of naphtha.

The facility is operating at an initial processing rate of 350,000 barrels per day, with plans to increase towards its maximum capacity.

According to Abubakar Maigandi, the leader of an industry organization, marketers have started transporting diesel from the refinery and will make payments in naira.

  • “We are still finalizing the details of the volumes that we are going to take from Dangote as an association and we also haven’t finalized on the price,” he said.

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Earlier yesterday, NewsTimes reported that  Dangote oil refinery began supplying the Nigerian domestic market with petroleum products such as diesel and aviation jet fuel on Tuesday,

Abubakar Maigandi, who heads the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, reported to Reuters that diesel’s cost was established at 1,225 naira per litre ($0.96) by domestic marketers after they concluded a collective purchase arrangement, and then they added their mark-up.

The association’s members control about 150,000 retail stations across Nigeria, Maigandi said.

Furthermore, Devakumar Edwin, an executive at Dangote Group, affirmed that the company has initiated the local distribution of diesel and jet fuel.

  • “We have substantial quantities. Products are being evacuated both by sea and road. Ships are lining up one after another to load diesel and aviation jet fuel.
  • “Ships load a minimum of 26 million litres, though we try to push for 37 million litres vessels, for ease of operations,” Edwin said.

What you should know

The Dangote refinery, positioned on a peninsula near Lagos’s commercial centre, represents Africa’s largest refinery project, completed after many postponements and financed by Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest individual, with an investment of $20 billion.

  • The refinery, with a processing potential of 650,000 barrels per day, is poised to be the biggest in both Africa and Europe upon achieving full operational status, which is expected either this year or the following.
  • The Dangote refinery Is expected to significantly reduce Nigeria’s dependence on imported petroleum products.
  • Nigeria, despite being the most populous country in Africa and its top oil producer, ironically imports almost all of its fuel.
  • Primarily, this is attributed to the nation’s lack of sufficient refining infrastructure, a gap that the new refinery seeks to fill.

 


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