The Dangote Group says upon completion of its refinery, it will dedicate 53 per cent of the capacity to the production of petrol. This translates to dedicating 344,500 barrels of its projected 650,000 barrels per day refining capacity to the production of petrol, Punch Newspaper has reported.
The news agency noted that this was revealed by the President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, according to a statement issued by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu.
Dangote, according to Punch, also said that the group was not in competition with the refineries of owned by the corporation.
While the Dangote Refinery has a capacity to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day, the consolidated capacity of the NNPC’s four refineries, according to the corporation’s latest operations report on its refineries, is 445,000 barrels per day.
However, the NNPC’s refineries for several years running had hardly delivered up to half their consolidated capacity in terms of crude oil refining.
On Tuesday, The PUNCH reported exclusively that Nigeria’s four refineries under the management of the NNPC had made no profit since May 2018; rather, they posted losses consecutively since May 2018 till May this year.
The country’s refineries under NNPC management include Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, two plants at Port Harcourt Refining Company and Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company.