Mallam Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, has stated that the importation of refined crude oil products into Nigeria will cease once the Dangote Oil Refineries and Petrochemicals project is operational, preferably by the middle of next year.
He made this statement on Tuesday while speaking at the 49th State House Briefing, which was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja and was hosted by the Presidential Communications Team.
The flow of supply would start by the middle of 2023, according to Kyari, who predicted that the new technology will enhance the output of gasoline.
“The combination of output from the Dangote refinery and state-owned refineries would eliminate any importation of petroleum products into this country.”
“Even if all our four refineries in three locations are operating at 90% of installed capacity, they will only be able to raise 18 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). That means even if all of them are working today, you would still have a net deficit of PMS to import into this country.
He claimed that NNPC had a first right of refusal to provide crude oil to the Dangote Refinery and possessed a 20 percent ownership stake in the facility.
“But we saw this energy transition challenge coming. We knew that time will come where you would look for people to buy your crude and you will not find,” he said.
“And that means we have locked down ability to sell crude oil for 33,000 barrels minimum by right for the next 20 years and by right also we have access to 20 percent of the production from that plant.”
The Dangote refinery, which can manufacture up to 50 million litres of PMS, would start producing, according to Kyari, by the middle of next year.
“The combination of that and our ability to bring back our refinery will eliminate any importation of petroleum products into this country next year. You would not see any importation into this country next year,” Kyari said.
“This is very practical. As a matter of fact, when we are done with our own refineries and the Dangote refinery, there remain other small initiatives that we are doing, small modular condensate refineries that we are building. If that happens and we are very optimistic it will happen, you would see that this country will now be a net exporter.
“As a matter of fact, it will be a hub for the export of petroleum products, not just to the West African sub-region. This will happen. The flow of supply will change by the middle of next year, it will change. You will not need the importation of petroleum products into this country by the middle of next year.”