DuPont Clean Technology to support Dangote’s Nigeria oil refinery

LekkiThe new refinery will be constructed in Lekki, near Nigeria’s capital, Lagos. (Image source: Hourann Bosci/Flickr)Dangote group has contracted DuPont Clean Technologies to supply a range of proprietary equipment for the construction of a new oil refinery in Nigeria, a contract that aims to help Dangote’s emissions requirements and to meet gasoline pool octane for the new refinery

Dangote group confirmed that the new refinery, once completed, would become the largest single-train refinery in the world, which will include a petrochemical plant, a fertiliser plant and a subsea pipeline project.

As per the contract, DuPont will provide its technological solutions to help the plant’s STRATCO alkylation unit, MECS sulphuric acid regeneration (SAR) unit, MECS DynaWave sulfur recovery unit (SRU) tail gas scrubbing and BELCO EDV fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU).

According to DuPont, the 27,000 bpsd alkylation unit and the 260 mtpd SAR unit will allow the facility to produce high octane, low sulphur and low RVP alkylate without alefins.

In addition, DuPont’s MECS SAR technology is expected to help sulphuric acid regeneration, with MECS DynaWave and BELCO EDV scrubbing technologies aiming emission control reliability and continuous operation to the new Dangote refinery.

“We are delighted to be supporting Dangote on a project that is of such critical importance to creating economic growth and opportunity in Nigeria,” said Eli Ben-Shoshan, global business leader at DuPont Clean Technologies.

DuPont added that its technical solutions are aimed at improving the operational efficiencies and enhancing safety to meet the plant’s emission targets while minimising the impact on the environment.

With national refining capacity being low, at 0.002bpd per capita, Nigeria traditionally imports 80 per cent of domestically consumed refined products. The construction of the new oil refinery is expected to maximise the production capacity of 650,000bpd, boosting national Nigerian refinery production.

The refinery is targeted to be completed in the last quarter of 2019.

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