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Dangote Refinery’s key crude oil processor arrives after 8 weeks of sail from China

Confidence of early delivery of the multibillion dollar Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals Company was on Sunday boosted with the arrival of the crude oil processor from China after eight months of sail.

Business Hilights gathered that it took Chinese leading refinery equipment manufacturing giant, Sinopec about 14 weeks to produce the huge refining component which is the primary unit processor of crude oil into fuels.

The company’s Head, Maritime and Ports Infrastructure, Capt. Rajen Sachar, said “The crude distillation column equipment also known as processor is adjudged currently as the largest in the world with a distilling capacity of 650,000 barrels per stream day, stressing that “equipment was the biggest single-train facility used for refining crude.

“The significant equipment has a weight of 2,250 metric tonnes; length, 112.5 metres; width, 14.036 metres; and height, 13.752 metres. The above-mentioned weight does not include the weight of the internal trays which is about 536 MT.

Sachar said that the refinery, when completed, would produce Euro-V quality petrol and diesel, as well as jet fuel and polypropylene, adding that “The strategic location of Nigeria in West Africa would help in reducing the transportation costs of these fuels to other countries in the African subcontinent, thereby providing cost-effective, high-grade petroleum products to them.

“This refinery with a capacity of 650,000 bpsd is higher than the total demand of Nigeria, thus catapulting Nigeria from a net importer of petroleum products to a net exporter of petroleum products,” Sachar said.