Barring any unforeseen, President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the multi-billion naira Dangote Refinery in Lagos on May 22, 2023. This exactly a week to his handover date.
The Special Assistant on Digital Communications to the President, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday.
He said: “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 Group Chief Branding and Communications Officer for Dangote Industries Limited, Mr. Anthony Chiejina, also confirmed the opening of the refinery in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
He said: “However, our refinery will be commissioned before President Muhammadu Buhari formally leaves office in May 2023, and the public will be duly informed and invited to the epic event.”
The facility is expected to produce 650,000 barrels per day with the cost of completion pegged at $19 billion.
The refinery is acclaimed as the biggest in Africa and also the biggest single-train facility in the world.
A single-train refinery uses an integrated distillation unit or one Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) to refine crude oil into various petroleum products as against the use of multiple distillation units by most big refineries.