Dangote Calls for Federal Government Investment in Downstream Sector

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CEM REPORT | Dangote says his refinery under constructed in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, would guarantee the availability of high-quality, environmentally compliant products in Nigeria, West Africa, Southern Africa, and inter-continental markets.

Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dangote Group, speaking at the 2022 Nigerian Content Midstream and Downstream Oil and Gas Summit held recently in Lagos, said his oil refinery will promote Nigeria’s prospects of transforming into a regional refining hub.

The billionaire business man added that the refinery would also promote competition for local refining in Africa by encouraging existing large refineries to upscale, which would result in surplus products for exports, according to a statement issued by the Group’s, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Tony Chiejina.

“Dangote Petroleum Refinery will guarantee adequate fuel production for domestic consumption and availability of excess products for export which will help to stabilise our domestic currency,”

“It will lead to upgrading and expansion of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. refineries and promotion of prospects of Nigeria’s transformation to a regional refining hub.”

Dangote represented by Babajide Soyode, technical consultant, Dangote Industries Ltd., called on the federal government to encourage investment in the downstream sector through single-digit tax regime.

He further emphasised the need for the federal government to invest more in quality infrastructure to reduce the importation of refinery equipment that would ordinarily be sourced in Nigeria.

“Funding of a project should be to ensure that a substantial part of the product’s plant must be of Nigerian origin; the same applies to goods and services,” he added.

“Government should ensure a single-digit tax regime to encourage investment in the downstream sector.”

He urged the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to focus on developing specific, sustainable equipment manufacturing and services.

Simbi Wabote, Exxecutive Secretary, NCDMB, at the event reiterated the government’s commitment to increase domestic refining capacity to 1.4 million barrels per day in the next five years.

She explained that the rehabilitation of the existing four national refineries and providing strategic support for setting up private-owned greenfield and modular refineries in the country is the governments strategy to achieve the goal.

Combined refining capacity of more than 1.4mbpd is expected from these focus areas within the next five years,” Wabote said.

“About 400,000bpd is expected from the rehabilitation of NNPC refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna using target performance of not less than 90 percent of nameplate capacity.

“The greenfield element of the roadmap covers the 650,000bpd Dangote Refinery in Lagos and the 200,000bpd BUA Refinery in Akwa Ibom.”

Farouk Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), noted that the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) had introduced a governance framework for the industry with a clear delineation of roles between regulation and profit-centric business units.

He said the authority would continue to enable business in the sector adding that huge opportunities in the oil and gas value chain.

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