The Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Company began production on Friday.
Last week, the refinery received its sixth crude oil supply of one million barrels of Bonny Light from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited.
In May 2023, the 650,000 barrels per day oil processing complex began operations.
It is intended for the processing of crude oil grades from Africa, Asia, and America.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Dangote Ports Operations, Akin Omole, had told journalists at the Dangote Quay, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, that the refinery would be in good stead to commence operation once the six million barrels of crude had been delivered.
Omole said, “Once the six million barrels are fully delivered, it will facilitate the initial run of the refinery as well as kickstart the production of diesel, aviation fuel, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas before subsequently progressing to the production of Premium Motor Spirit.
This latest development will play a pivotal role in alleviating the fuel supply challenges faced by Nigeria and the West African countries.
Dangote Petroleum Refinery, if operational, can meet 100 per cent of Nigeria’s requirement of all refined products, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation jet, and has a surplus of each of these products for export, according to the company.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in his New Year broadcast to Nigerians, hinted that the Port Harcourt and Dangote refineries are expected to kickstart operations in January 2024.