Nigeria's Dangote refinery to rely on ports, roads for fuel deliveries | News

By Libby George

LAGOS (Reuters) - Africa's largest oil refinery will deliver its fuels to Nigerian consumers via roads and sea ports, and will effectively replace all of Nigeria's fuel imports once fully operational, a company executive said on Tuesday.

The 650,000 barrel-per-day Dangote oil refinery is under construction in Lagos, the biggest city in the most fuel-consuming nation in the region, which absorbed 266,000 barrels of petroleum products per day as of 2015.

Congested ports and dilapidated roads led some to expect that the company would build a pipeline or other method of getting its fuel to consumers.

But Dangote Group Executive Director Devakumar Edwin told an OTL (Oil Trading and Logistics) Expo in Lagos that fuels would go via "shuttle" boats to Nigerian cities Warri and Calabar, and that other deliveries would go in trucks.

The company is itself fixing and expanding one of the current roads to Lekki - an area adjacent to Lagos's financial and business district - Edwin said, while the Lagos state government will build another toll road to aid shipments.

"That's going to reduce a lot of congestion," Edwin said of their plans.

He said the refinery would virtually eliminate fuel imports from other regions, adding "those who are importing today... can buy from our refinery".

Dangote had previously told Reuters that the refinery's mechanical completion was delayed until 2020, though industry sources told Reuters last year that fuel out....

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