Africaâ€™s largest refinery, Dangote Oil Refining Company, has ordered a range of advanced proprietary equipment from DuPont Clean Technologies for the construction of its 650,000 barrels per day refinery in Lekki, Lagos, according to a statement by the American company.
The refinery had ordered compressors and turbines from German-based MAN Diesel & Turbo for the Lekki plant.
The new refinery, where Africaâ€™s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote is investing $12 billion, will enable Nigeria, Africaâ€™s biggest crude oil producer, to increase its local refining capacity and end importation of petroleum products.
The new refinery complex, which will include a petrochemical plant, a fertilizer plant and a subsea pipeline project, is the largest single-train refinery in the world.
Dupont said its technology would allow Dangote to maximise quality and profitability while minimising its environmental impact.
DuPont will be supplying Dangote with proprietary equipment that will help meet gasoline pool octane and emissions requirements.
“We are delighted to be supporting Dangote on a project that is of such critical importance to creating economic growth and opportunity in Nigeria,â€ said Global Business Leader, DuPont Clean Technologies, Eli Ben-Shoshan.
â€œOur aim is always to enable our customers to meet their emissions targets easily and efficiently with the help of cost-effective technologies and services that offer them value and flexibility while minimizing the impact on the environment,â€ he said.
â€œThe innovative DuPont technology will allow Dangote to maximise quality and profitability while minimising its environmental impact. DuPont will be supplying Dangote with proprietary equipment for STRATCO alkylation unit, MECS sulfuric acid regeneration (SAR) unit, MECS DynaWave sulfur recovery unit (SRU) tail gas scrubbing, and BELCO EDV fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) stack scrubbing that will help Dangote meet gasoline pool octane and emissions requirements,â€ the company added.
The MECS DynaWave and BELCO EDV scrubbing technologies are leading refinery scrubbing technologies, also licensed and designed by DuPont to offer ultimate emission control reliability and continuous operation.
DuPont said it applied real-world experience, history of innovation, problem-solving success, and strong brands to help organisations operate safely and with the highest level of performance, reliability, energy efficiency and environmental integrity.
The refinery would come on stream by the end of 2018, according to the groupâ€™s Executive Director, Stakeholdersâ€™ Relations/Corporate Communications, Ahmed Mansur.
Mansur had told journalists that the refineryâ€™s daily production capacity would be 150 per cent of the current total demand of petroleum products in the country, adding that the excess would be exported to other countries.
Mansur had also added that a 1.3 million metric tonnes per annum petrochemical plant was also under construction at the refinery site, adding that a fertiliser company with capacity to produce 2.8 million metric tonnes of assorted fertilisers was also being added to help the country to achieve food security.
He added that the company had also diversified into gas business as it had started constructing a gas pipeline from the South East to Lagos.