A private refinery to be sited in Ogun State will be the second private initiative in the petrol industry in the country, after the Dangote’s 650,000-barrel-a-day refinery, which is expected to be completed in 2019.
Petrolex Oil & Gas said it plans to build a 250,000 barrel-a-day capacity refinery in Ogun state.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Petrolex’s chief executive officer, Segun Adebutu, said the refinery would be completed in 2021.
The company, which plans to spend $3.6 billion on the construction, is already working on the front-end engineering design.
Adebutu said the company plans to inaugurate a storage-tank farm, other mid-stream infrastructure and the start refinery construction in December.
According to the CEO, the tanks are connected to a pipeline in Mosimi which will distribute products across the country.
The refinery project will be funded with loans from banks, international lenders and revenue from Petrolex, he said.
Adebutu said the company is also planning a fertilizer plant, lubricants facility and a liquefied petroleum gas plant.
The company is also planning to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in the next 10 years to ensure that the business outlives its owners and give room for expansion.
Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, is currently constructing a 650,000-barrel-a-day refinery, which is expected to be completed in 2019.