Dangote refinery to be ready in 2020
Industry players in the petroleum sector have welcomed the Dangote Refinery, which is set to come on board by the end of 2020. The news of the largest single stream petroleum refinery in Africa was announced at the just-ended Ghana International Petroleum Conference (Ghipcon 2018), organised at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel.
Participants at the conference, from various countries across the globe, were eager to know how they could key in for supplies into the 650,000 barrels per day refinery, that is preparing to take the continent by storm.
The Technical Adviser to the President/CE Dangote Group on Refinery and Petrochemical matters, and Special Guest Speaker at the event, Babajide Soyode, expressed his delight at the pace of construction works.
He noted that Alhaji Aliko Dangote will always do his best in whatever sector of the economy he ventures into, and that is why this refinery will be completed to specifically meet the needs of Nigeria, West Africa and the entire continent.
Mr. Soyode believes the support of all Africans to the completion of the project is needed, as the benefits are enormous to the entire continent, not only by the supply of petroleum products, but also by creating thousands of jobs.
The Special Guest of Honour at the conference, President Nana Akufo-Addo, who was represented by Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, was given a tour of the Dangote Refinery exhibition at Ghipcon, where work done was presented to him and the Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko.
The Vice President, and other guests were amazed by the sheer size of the project and work done so far. Vice President Bawumia commended Alhaji Aliko Dangote on the massive project, which is 100% privately funded.
He expressed the hope that Ghana would stand to benefit from the project when completed.
On his part, the Minister for Energy Mr Agyarko, lauded the efforts of Africa’s richest man in trying to meet the needs of the people.
He noted that projects such as this is what Africa needs to develop, and that Ghana is ready to fully support Aliko achieve his objectives of building a petrochemical plant to meet the energy needs of Ghana and the rest of Africa.