Ahead of the completion of the Dangote Oil Refinery, the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) has expressed an intention to engage the management of the company on commercial terms regarding the lifting of its refined petroleum products.
In February this year, MOMAN CEOs had a virtual meeting with Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President of the Dangote Group, where the management presented its project which culminated to physical site visit.
The marketers, who toured the 650,000 barrels-per-day single train refinery in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, recently, expressed the belief that the Dangote Oil Refinery would help remove the various bottlenecks associated with importation of petroleum products into the country.
The association members who visited Dangote Oil Refinery include MOMAN Chairman, Adetunji Oyebanji; Executive Secretary, Clement Isong; Managing Director, Total Nigeria Plc, Imrane Barry; Managing Director, MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, Marco Storari; Managing Director, ARDOVA Plc, Olumide Adeosun; Managing Director, NNPC Retail Limited, Elizabeth Aliyuda and 22 others.
Speaking after a tour of the refinery complex, Oyebanji, said the marketers are eagerly waiting for the completion of the project, which is expected to make Nigeria self-sufficient in petroleum refining.
Oyebanji said: “It is our desire to see our members buy refined products from Dangote Refinery when it comes on stream. We are open to discuss commercial terms with the management of Dangote Oil Refinery regarding lifting of refined products.
“The impact it will have on the market chain will be changed from a situation whereby a marketer will have to wait for four to five months through imports before getting products.
“The turn-around time is going to be much faster. It will be more efficient. Getting products from Dangote Refinery will also give us the possibility of getting the product by vessels or by trucking.
“It is going to have a positive impact on the way we do business in the downstream sector.
“Hopefully, we believe Dangote Refinery is going to result in delivering decent margins for our members; enough margins for us to begin to rebuild or/upgrade the assets in the industry.”
He said that Dangote Refinery would move Nigeria from an import dependent nation to self-sufficiency in petroleum products.
Oyebanji expressed hope that the coming on stream of Dangote Refinery would facilitate the deregulation of the downstream oil sector.
“I have always agitated for the deregulation of the downstream oil and gas sector.
“Now, with Dangote Refinery, it makes it easier to achieve. I believe deregulation will come pretty soon when Dangote Refinery starts working,” he said.
Chief Operations Officer, Dangote Oil Refining Company, Giuseppe Surace told the marketers that the refinery has been designed to process a variety of light and medium grades of crude, including petrol and diesel as well as jet fuel and polypropylene.
He said the refinery is billed to produce up to 50 million litres of petrol and 15 million litres of diesel a day, roughly 10.4 million tonnes of the product, 4.6 million tonnes of diesel, and 4 million tonnes of jet fuel yearly, in addition to having a fertiliser plant, which would utilise the refinery by-products as raw materials.
He disclosed that refinery, which has recorded 90 per cent completion, is expected to address the challenge of petroleum product importation in Nigeria and other African countries.