Dangote Refinery announces fresh date to commence fuel supply in Nigeria

Dangote Refinery has announced July 10–15, 2024, as the new date to commence supply of Premium Motor Spirit (fuel) to the Nigerian market.

The President of Dangote Group, Aliko, disclosed this recently during a tour of the 650,000 barrel per day capacity Refinery by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The new date comes after the refinery had earlier announced that it would commence fuel supply in June.

However, Dangote blamed a minor challenge for the non-commencement of fuel supply in June, as earlier announced.

“We had a bit of delay, but PMS will start coming out by July 10 to 15. But then we want to keep it in the tank to make sure that it settles. So by the third week of July, we’ll be able to come out to take it into the market,” Dangote had said.

Recall that Dangote, speaking at the recent Africa CEO Forum Annual Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, said his refinery would end the importation of petrol into Nigeria.

“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 liter,” he declared

In April, the refinery commenced the supply of diesel and aviation fuel, months after it was commissioned in May last year.

The refinery had lamented the insufficient supply of crude oil by International oil companies in Nigeria.

“The NNPC is doing its best, but some of the IOCs, are struggling to give us crude. Everybody is used to exporting, and nobody wants to stop,” Dangote told CNN recently.