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Dangote’s Oil Refinery Received its First Cargo of 1-million Barrels of Crude Oil

The delivery from Shell International Trading and Shipping Co (Stasco), brings the start of operations closer after years of delays. Dangote Group said in a statement on Friday that the cargo of 1-million barrels of crude from Agbami, a deep-water field run by Chevron, is the first of 6-million barrels that will enable an initial run of the refinery. That will kick-start output of diesel, aviation fuel and liquefied petroleum gas, before the refinery later starts producing premium motor spirit. A Dangote Group spokesperson said the Stasco cargo arrived on a chartered vessel and was discharged into the refinery’s crude oil tanks. The next four cargoes will be supplied by state oil firm NNPC in two to three weeks and a final cargo will come from ExxonMobil, Dangote Group said. Nigeria’s state oil firm NNPC signed an agreement in November to supply the Dangote refinery with up to six cargoes of crude starting this month. NNPC has a 20% stake in the refinery.