Dangote Refinery To Reduce Africa’s Petroleum Importation By 36%, Says APPO

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    African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) has said that the establishment of Dangote Oil Refinery will bring about a 36 per cent reduction in the importation of petroleum productions into the continent.

    Besides, the organisation expressed the belief that the success of Dangote Refinery project could incentivise the rise of similar projects across Africa despite the current focus on energy transition.

    The Secretary-General, African Petroleum Producers Organisation, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, said in an interview that Dangote Refinery shall be supplying over 12per cent of Africa’s products demand when it becomes operational.

    Ibrahim stated: “To appreciate the impact that the Dangote refinery is going to have on African economies and especially on the supply of petroleum products, and to some extent the conservation of scarce foreign exchange, a look at some statistics on the continent’s petroleum products demand and supply is in order.

    “Currently, Africa’s daily petroleum demand is 4.3 million barrels per day (mbd). Of this volume, 57per cent is produced locally (on the continent) while 43per cent is imported. When Dangote is fully onstream, the percentage of Africa’s products import shall drop to 36per cent.

    “This is even as the total volume of products demand rises to 5.4 mbd. You can therefore see the huge impact that Dangote refinery shall be making to overall products supply in Africa. Dangote shall be supplying over 12per cent of Africa’s products demand.

    “That is huge savings for a continent that has scarce foreign exchange and little to export. We shall save from buying abroad and from shipping and insurance costs. Furthermore, the success of Dangote could incentivise the rise of similar projects, the noise about energy transition notwithstanding.”

    Ibrahim also hailed Dangote’s decision to go ahead with the construction of crude oil refinery despite a campaign against fossil fuels, adding that the demand for fossil fuel is going to continue for several decades to come.

    Ibrahim urged African refiners to invest more on technology and develop the right expertise to manage their refineries, which are going to serve the continent as western refiners halt the establishment of more refineries.

    He disclosed that APPO is working with its member countries to construct cross border energy infrastructure like pipelines for crude and products as well as for oil and gas terminals, depots etc.

    “Once we have this infrastructure on the ground, the markets for African refiners shall not be limited to their home countries. Fortuitously, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which came into force in 2021, is there to support this initiative,” he added.

     

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