Dangote Oil Refining Company (DORC) Limited revealed that it has received one of the major components of its refinery equipment; the regenerator for the residual Fluid Catalytic Cracker.
The Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit is one of the most important conversion equipment for refining processes. It is widely used to convert the high-boiling, high-molecular weight hydrocarbon fractions of petroleum crude oils into more valuable gasoline, olefinic gases, and other products.
The 650,000 barrel-per-day crude oil refinery, has continued to receive heavy equipment through the Dangote jetty, located close to the refinery in the Lekki Free Trade Zone. The company revealed that it has commenced the installation of the Fluid Catalytic Cracker.
The refinery is being designed to accommodate multiple grades of domestic and foreign crude, which would be processed into high-quality gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation fuels that meet Euro V emissions specifications, plus polypropylene.
Other components of Dangote Refinery will include a crude distillation unit, single-train residual FCCU, diesel hydro-treating unit, continuous catalyst regeneration unit, alkylation unit, and a polypropylene unit. The refinery will also be able to adjust the production of different products to match market demand.
According to the Head of Quality Assurance/Quality Compliance and Construction, DORC, Rama Putta, “the refinery equipment are coming in semi-finished shape, and we will finish them off here at the sight. The remaining ones are being manufactured in various countries, including China, India, America, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia”.
The Executive Director of Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin, said the 650,000bpd refinery would stimulate economic development in Nigeria, as it is designed to process a variety of light and medium grades of crude. He said the project would provide thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and add value to the Nigeria’s economic development, while leading to significant skills transfer and technology acquisition opportunities in the country.