The Dangote Petroleum Refinery has announced commencing Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) and JetA1 (aviation fuel) production from January 2024.
However, gasoline output will be delayed until adequate crude oil supply is guaranteed, DAILY POST reports.
It was gathered the $20 billion facility requires a minimum six million barrels of crude monthly for full refined products production.
But last week saw just one million barrels received from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company and ExxonMobil, with the balance due in five installments over coming weeks.
This follows earlier failed timelines for kickstarting the 650,000 bpd plant, Africa’s largest refinery project.
NUPRC chief Gbenga Komolafe had decried inability to obtain domestic crude for Dangote and local refineries despite Nigeria’s oil wealth.
President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the $20 billion plant in May, which now progresses to partial operations pending feedstock need fulfillment for gasoline.
Its output aims to eliminate fuel imports and earn foreign exchange for the domestic market and exports.