Dangote Refinery Initiates First Jet Fuel Export to Europe

Africa’s largest oil refinery, Dangote Refinery, has marked a major achievement with the successful export of its first jet fuel shipment to Europe.

The milestone follows the refinery’s rapid production ramp-up since its launch in April 2023.

The inaugural cargo, loaded onto the “Doric Breeze” vessel, departed from the Lekki Free Zone in Lagos on May 27th and is now headed to Rotterdam, Netherlands, according to data from S&P Global Commodities at Sea.

The shipment, comprising 45,000 metric tons of jet fuel, was awarded to BP as part of a 120,000-metric-ton tender offered by the refinery. Spanish refiner Cepsa also secured a portion of the tender and is set to deliver jet fuel to Europe soon.

This jet fuel export to Europe is the latest milestone for Dangote Refinery, which has already exported six jet fuel/kerosene cargoes to Senegal, Togo, and Ghana in recent months.

S&P Global reports that Dangote plans to commence gasoline supplies in June, with ultra-low sulfur diesel expected to be ready for export to Europe by the third quarter.

To date, Dangote has exported naphtha, fuel oil, and gasoil to markets in Europe, Africa, and Asia. However, naphtha exports may soon be reduced to prepare for gasoline production, according to a representative for Dangote who spoke to Commodity Insights on May 20.

Since April, Dangote has been exporting around four cargoes of naphtha per month to Europe. These volumes might decrease to enhance domestic gasoline supplies once the plant’s fluid catalytic cracker becomes operational.

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