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Dangote Refinery gets key component

The Dangote Oil Refining Company (DORC) Limited said it just took delivery of one of the major components of its refinery equipment; the regenerator for the Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracker (RFCC).

Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) is one of the most important conversion processes used in petroleum refineries. It is widely used to convert the high-boiling, high-molecular weight hydrocarbon fractions of crude oils into more valuable gasoline, olefinic gases, and other products.

The Nation also learnt the company has commenced installation of equipment for the 650,000 barrels per day crude oil refinery being built in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

The refinery has continued to receive heavy equipment through the Dangote jetty located close to the refinery in the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

The jetty, constructed by Dangote Oil Refinery, received its first ship of 132 metres long, 9,755 tonnes general cargo last year to deliver essential equipment for the ongoing construction.

The refinery is being designed to accommodate multiple grades of domestic and foreign crudes, which will be processed into high-quality gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation fuels that meet Euro V emissions specifications as well as polypropylene.

The refinery also has a crude distillation unit, single-train residual fluid catalytic cracking unit, diesel hydro-treating unit, continuous catalyst regeneration unit, alkylation unit, and a polypropylene unit and will also be able to adjust its production of different products to match market demands.

The Head of Quality Assurance/Quality Compliance and Construction, DORC, Mr. Rama Putta, said the sand filling of the site has been completed, adding that 60 per cent of the land was swampy.

“The refinery equipment comes in semi-finished shape and we will finish them off here at the site. The remaining components are being manufactured in various countries including China, India, America, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia,” he added.

The Executive Director, Dangote Group, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, said the refinery would stimulate economic development in Nigeria. He said the refinery was designed to process a variety of light and medium crude grades and produce extremely clean fuels that meet Euro V specification.

The Dangote boss said: “Usually, the sulphur in petroleum fuels results in vehicle exhaust emissions that have negative impact on health and environment, adding that the Dangote plant has invested in most advanced technology to produce Euro V fuel to help Nigeria meet the European Standard of gasoline.”

He said the project would provide thousands of direct and indirect jobs and will add value to the Nigeria’s economic development, noting that the refinery will lead to significant skills transfer and technology acquisition opportunities in the country.

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