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Nigeria will not import one drop of petrol by June - Dangote

Dangote reiterated that his refinery can meet not only Nigeria but also West Africa's petrol and diesel needs.

Aliko Dangote [PunchNewspaper]

According to the billionaire entrepreneur, the feat will be made possible courtesy of the laid-down plans of the Dangote Petroleum Refinery.

Nigeria, Africa's biggest crude oil producer, has over the years relied heavily on imported petrol to serve its burgeoning population.

However, the story may be about to change with the Dangote refinery commencing operations. The multi-billion dollar facility has already flooded the market with diesel, crashing the price of the commodity ₦1,000 per litre.

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Speaking at the Africa CEO Forum Annual Summit in Kigali on Friday, May 17, 2024, Dangote expressed optimism about transforming Africa's energy landscape.

He noted that his refinery has the capacity to meet West Africa’s petrol and diesel needs, as well as the continent’s aviation fuel demand.

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“Right now, Nigeria has no cause to import anything apart from gasoline and by sometime in June, within the next four or five weeks, Nigeria shouldn’t import anything like gasoline; not one drop of a litre,” he declared.

Dangote outlined the progress of his oil company to ensure Africa as a continent achieves self-sufficiency when it comes to the energy sector.

“We have enough gasoline to give to at least the entire West Africa, diesel to give to West Africa and Central Africa. We have enough aviation fuel to give to the entire continent and also export some to Brazil and Mexico.

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“Today, our polypropylene and our polyethene will meet the entire demand of Africa and we are doing base oil, which is like engine oil, we are doing linear benzyl, which is raw material to produce detergent. We have 1.4 billion people in the population, nobody is producing that in Africa.

“So, all the raw materials for our detergents are imported. We are producing that raw material to make Africa self-sufficient.

“As I said, give us three or a maximum of four years and Africa will not, I repeat, not import any more fertilizer from anywhere. We will make Africa self-sufficient in potash, phosphate, and urea, we are at three million tonnes and in the next twenty months, we will be at six million tonnes of urea which is the entire capacity of Egypt. We are getting there.”

The richest man in Africa also reeled out the achievements of the Dangote Refinery since it began operations in February.

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“For some of us, despite the boom of the capital market of the US, you know, Google, Microsoft and the rest, we didn’t participate, we took all our money and invested in Africa.

“We had this dream, just about five years ago and we said we want to move from five billion (dollars) revenue to thirty billion revenue and we made it happen. It is possible and now we have made it happen and now we have finished our refinery.

“Our refinery is quite big, it is something that we believe that Africa needs. If you look at the whole continent, there are only two countries that don’t import petroleum products which is a tragedy. They are only Algeria and Libya. The rest are all importers,” he said.

Dangote added, “So, we need to change and make sure that we don’t just go and produce raw materials, we should also produce finished products and create jobs.

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“One of the things we also need to know as Africans is that we produce raw materials and export them when you export raw materials and somebody now keeps importing things into your continent and dumping goods. what you are importing is poverty and exporting jobs. So, we have to change that narrative.

We just commissioned in February and now we are producing jet fuel, we are producing diesel and by next month, we will be producing gasoline. What that would do is that we would be taking most of the African crude that is being produced and also be able to supply not only Nigeria, because our capacity is too big for Nigeria, but it would also supply West Africa, Central Africa and also South Africa.

"We have 650,000 barrels per day, 1 million tonnes of polypropylene, we have 590,000 carbon black, that is the raw materials ink, dyes and co. We are expanding more. This is the first phase and we are going out to the next phase which will start early next year,” he said.

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