• Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote records progress at his busy refinery site in Lekki Lagos
  • The Conglomerate successfully installed the largest single crude distillation column at the refinery.
  • The equipment consists of various chemical components that have different molecular sizes, molecular weights, and boiling temperatures.

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, has once again, recorded progress at his busy refinery site in Lekki Lagos after the successful installation of the crude distillation column.

On Thursday, the largest single crude distillation column where different products boil off (from the crude mixture) and are recovered at different temperatures, was successfully installed at the Dangote Refinery site, the company said in a tweet.

Aliko Dangote and other officials at Dangote Refinery site
Aliko Dangote and other officials at Dangote Refinery site
Twitter/DangoteGroup

The equipment believed to be the world's largest single Crude Distillation Column arrived at Lagos earlier this month. It was built by Sinopec, a Chinese energy firm.

The firm said the atmospheric tower has a diameter of 12 meters, a length of 112.56 meters and a unit weight of 2252 tons.

The largest single crude distillation column successfully installed at Dangote refinery
The largest single crude distillation column successfully installed at Dangote refinery
Twitter/DangoteGroup

Capt. Rajen Sachar, Head, Maritime and Ports Infrastructure at Dangote Group, had also explained that the equipment consists of various chemical components that have different molecular sizes, molecular weights, and boiling temperatures.

Dangote refinery site
Dangote refinery site
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He said the crude distillation column works on the principle of fractional distillation, leading to the separation of various components in the mixture based on their different boiling points.