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Dangote Refinery in Nigeria Expected to be Commissioned in Two Weeks

According to statements from a spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the multi-billion dollar Dangote refinery is to be commissioned on May 22.

This announcement was made by spokesman Bashir Ahmad on social media, stating that “Efforts by the Federal Government to make Nigeria self-sufficient in local refining of crude oil to save the scarce foreign exchange used in the importation of petroleum products have received a boost as the 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Refinery, the world’s largest single-train refinery, is set for inauguration on May 22nd, 2023, by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

The 650,000 barrel per day refinery has been delayed many times over the years, but it is expected to be in production this year. This latest startup announcement would make the plant inaugurated before President Buhari is expected to leave office by the end of May.  Full production is likely to be implemented over a phased approach.

This refinery has been long in its development under Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote’s Dangote Group and is being counted on as an answer to the country’s long standing reliance on refined petroleum imports. 

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