DANGOTE REFINERY TO DEPEND ON SEA PORTS, ROADS FOR FUEL DELIVERIES
A company executive of Africa’s largest oil refinery, Dangote Refinery, has said that the oil firm will deliver its fuels to Nigerian consumers through roads and sea ports and will effectively replace all of Nigeria’s fuel imports once fully operational.
The 650,000 barrel per day Dangote oil refinery is under construction in Lagos. But the current state of the congested ports and the dilapidated roads had made some speculators in the industry to be of the opinion that the company might need to build pipeline networks or employ other methods of getting its fuel to consumers if the present predicament remain unchanged.
However, Dangote’s Group Executive Director, Mr. Devakumar Edwin told an Oil Trading and Logistics Expo in Lagos that fuels would go through a “shuttle” boats to Nigerian cities Warri and Calabar, and that other deliveries would go in trucks.
He said that Dangote itself is fixing and expanding one of the current roads to Lekki, an area adjacent to Lagos’s financial and business district, while the Lagos State Government will build another toll road to aid shipments. This he said will reduce a lot of congestion.
He said the refinery would practically eliminate fuel imports from other regions, adding that those who are importing today will be able to buy from the refinery.
The refinery is also constructing facilities that will allow it to export its diesel, gasoline and other petroleum products to markets all over the world.