Africa’s largest refinery project, Dangote Oil Refining Company, has placed an order for advanced proprietary equipment from Dupont Clean Technologies for the construction of its 650,000 barrels per day refinery in Lekki, Lagos.
Dupont Clean Technologies in a statement said that Dangote Refinery ordered compressors and turbines from German-based MAN diesel and turbo for the Lekki plant.
Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote is investing $12 billion in the Lekki Refinery project, which will enable Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude oil producer, to increase its local refining capacity and end importation of petroleum products.
The new refinery complex, which will include a petrochemical plant, a fertilizer plant and a sub-sea pipeline project, is the largest single-train refinery in the world.
Dupont explained that its technology would allow Dangote to maximise quality and profitability while minimising its environmental impact as the proprietary equipment will help meet gasoline pool octane and emissions requirements.
“We are delighted to be supporting Dangote on a project that is of such critical importance to creating economic growth and opportunity in Nigeria,” said Global Business Leader, DuPont Clean Technologies, Eli Ben-Shoshan.
Dangote Group’s executive director, stakeholders’ relations/corporate communications, Ahmed Mansur said the refinery would come on stream by the end of 2018.
Mansur had also added that a 1.3 million metric tonnes per annum petrochemical plant was also under construction at the refinery site, adding that a fertiliser company with capacity to produce 2.8 million metric tonnes of assorted fertilisers.
He added that the company had also diversified into gas business as it had started constructing a gas pipeline from the South East to Lagos.