The first crude feedstock for Dangote’s 650,000 b/d refinery has arrived the country, according to SP Global quoting market sources and tanker tracking data.
The analytical firm said the development indicated that fuel production at the new $19 billion facility is finally set to start after years of delays.
According to the report; the OTIS tanker loaded a 950,000 barrel cargo of Agbami crude on Dec. 6 and was discharged at the refinery’s terminal on Thursday.
The Suezmax tanker, chartered by state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Company, is the first of Dangote’s initial crude supplies as the giant new plant starts to ramp up operations, a West African oil trader said.
The privately owned refinery was officially completed in May but has yet to make any oil products due to a lack of domestic crude feedstock.
Operated by Chevron, Agbami is one of Nigeria’s largest deepwater developments pumping about 100,000 b/d in the central Niger Delta. Agbami produces light sweet crude with a gravity of 47.9 API and a sulfur content of 0.04 per cent, according to Platts’ Periodic Table of Oil. The crude is known in the market for yielding a large proportion of naphtha and kerosene.
NNPCL has chartered a number of other tankers to transport further crude shipments from offshore fields to the refinery later this month, the oil trader said.
The refinery’s startup has been repeatedly delayed since the project was unveiled in 2013, although most of the key units were installed in 2019.
Source: The Punch