Dangote Refinery Enhances Product Distribution with Key Partnerships

Revolutionizing Petroleum Distribution Across Nigeria

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

Dangote Petroleum Refinery, a pivotal player in Nigeria’s oil sector, has initiated the registration process for distributors to facilitate the lifting and distribution of refined petroleum products nationwide. This significant move involves collaboration with three major associations, which collectively represent 75% of Nigeria’s total market. These associations include the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), and the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

The registration process marks a crucial step in ensuring efficient and widespread distribution of petroleum products from Dangote Refinery across Nigeria. DAPPMAN Executive Secretary, Olufemi Adewole, detailed the association’s engagement with Dangote Petroleum Refinery, tracing back to discussions held last year. These talks, involving DAPPMAN Chairman Dame Winifred Akpani, the 2nd Vice Chairman, Alhaji Mahmud Tukur, and Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, were centered on exploring collaborative opportunities between the refinery and DAPPMAN members. This partnership is aimed at leveraging the nationwide presence of DAPPMAN members for the effective distribution of products from the refinery to consumers.

Adewole emphasized the potential of Dangote Refinery’s petroleum products to propel Nigeria’s economic development and provide DAPPMAN members with continuous access to refined petroleum products. Similarly, Alhaji Hammed Adekunle Fasola, National Vice President of IPMAN, expressed the association’s commitment to lifting and distributing petroleum products from Dangote Refinery. He stated, “We believe that the relationship is going to be a win-win one. Our association owns 80 per cent of the retail outlets in the country and we have all it takes to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products from Dangote Refinery across the country.”

Clement Isong, Executive Secretary/CEO of MOMAN, confirmed that MOMAN members have registered with Dangote Petroleum Refinery as marketers of its products. “My members have registered with them. We were waiting for the production to start and now it has started, and they will start discussing the commercial terms,” Isong said. He elaborated on the various methods available for product pickup, including utilizing over 90 loading ranks and vessel options.

Designed to process 100% Nigerian Crude with the capability to handle other crudes, the Dangote Refinery can load 2,900 trucks daily at its truck-loading gantries. The refinery’s products adhere to Euro V specifications, complying with World Bank, US EPA, European emission norms, and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms, utilizing advanced technology.

The refinery is poised to meet all of Nigeria’s requirements for refined products, including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation jet, with a surplus for export. This capacity positions Dangote Refinery as a critical asset in Nigeria’s quest for energy self-sufficiency and economic growth.

In response to reports claiming appointments as distributors of Dangote Petroleum products, Dangote Industries Limited’s management clarified that the registration of distributors has indeed begun, but the appointment process is ongoing. The management advised that all news regarding the Dangote Refinery should be considered authentic only if officially communicated by the company.

The involvement of Dangote Refinery in Nigeria’s petroleum sector represents a significant step towards reshaping the landscape of oil distribution in the country. The collaborations with key associations like DAPPMAN, IPMAN, and MOMAN are set to enhance the efficiency and reach of petroleum product distribution, thereby boosting the nation’s economic development. The refinery’s state-of-the-art facilities and capacity to meet both domestic and export demands place Nigeria on a promising path towards energy independence and sustainable growth.

In conclusion, Dangote Refinery’s latest initiative in registering distributors from major associations marks a transformative phase in Nigeria’s petroleum sector. The collaborations are expected to streamline the distribution network, ensuring that refined petroleum products are accessible across the nation. This move not only augments Nigeria’s capacity in managing its energy resources but also signifies a strategic approach towards achieving economic advancement and self-reliance in the petroleum sector. With the refinery’s extensive capabilities and the joint efforts with leading market players, Dangote Refinery is well-positioned to play a pivotal role in Nigeria’s journey towards becoming a major player in the global oil and gas industry.

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