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Nigeria’s Dangote Refinery Begins Production After Multiple Delays

The Dangote oil refinery in Lagos, Nigeria has begun production of diesel and jet fuel after many years of delayed construction, according to Dangote company officials on social media.  With this startup, test runs are expected to continue with an eventual move to full capacity potentially reached as early as the end of 2024.

This 650,000 barrels per day refinery is now the largest one in Africa at a cost of approximately $20 billion since development began in 2016.  This privately owned facility had seen cost overruns and feedstock shortages cause multiple delays through its development.

Even though Nigeria is the top energy producer for Africa, the country has been reliant upon imported fuels for its domestic use for many years. The arrival of the Dangote refinery is being counted upon to bring a notable measure of self-sufficiency to Nigeria and is also expected to export fuel to surrounding West African countries as well. 

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