Devakumar Edwin, Group Executive Director of Dangote Industries Limited, says he expects the Mechanical completion of the 650,000 BPSD Dangote Refinery by end of 2018 and commissioning to happen by 2019. He is looking forward to commissioning the Three Million Tonne Per Annum (3MMTPA) Ammonia Fertiliser plant by 2018.
On a trip to the project site last weekend, Edwin showed journalists from two media companies: Africa Oil+Gas Report and CNN the stages of construction on both the 300Hectare fertiliser site, which is quite advanced and the 2,135Hectare refinery grounds, where sand filling and earthworks are going on. “This is the largest single train refining plant in the world”, he gushed about the refinery project.
Three Single Point Mooring (SPM) Bouys on the Atlantic Ocean, will bring in the crude, which will be delivered to the plant through a 20km pipeline. Edwin, a chartered engineer and Indian national vested with the responsibility of overseeing all the plants in the Dangote Group, said that the refinery was designed to utilise all African crudes. “One option was to reduce ourselves to Nigerian crude”, he said. But the company decided to “build in flexibility to minimise the risks”.
Work on the Dangote Refinery project commenced on February 11, 2014, according to Henri Wijnen Riems, who is director of construction, project scheduling and monitoring.