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Dangote Refinery Breaks Into Asian Market With First Fuel Oil Shipment

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Dangote Refinery is making headlines with its first shipment of low-sulfur straight-run fuel oil (LSSR) from Nigeria to Singapore.

This marks a milestone as the refinery ventures into the Asian market for the first time. Ship tracking data and market sources confirm that this week will see the departure of this inaugural shipment, initiating a new trade route from Nigeria to Asia.

This new route addresses a consistent need for low-sulfur fuel oil in Asia, particularly in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub. The shipment is set to deliver the much-needed fuel for ship refueling operations.

Dangote Refinery, which began operations in January, following a $20 billion investment, is designed to process up to 650,000 barrels of products per day. Once it reaches its full capacity, it will be the largest refinery in both Africa and Europe.

“Breaking into the Asian market is a significant step for us,” said Aliko Dangote, the founder of the refinery. “It not only opens up new opportunities for Dangote Refinery but also places Nigeria on the global map as a key player in the oil industry.”

Since March, Dangote Refinery has ramped up its LSSR exports, primarily targeting the Americas and Europe. Ship tracking data from Kpler and Vortexa shows a steady flow of cargo to these regions. However, the refinery’s first shipment bound for Asia is a notable development.

The Glencore-chartered vessel, Front Brage, is scheduled to deliver approximately 124,000 metric tons (787,400 barrels) of LSSR to Singapore by Wednesday.

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Market analysts suggest that this shift to the Asian market, was influenced by weaker demand in Europe. “The demand dynamics are constantly changing, and it is crucial for suppliers to be agile,” noted energy market analyst, Samuel Oyekanmi. “Asia’s strong demand for low-sulfur fuel oil presents a lucrative opportunity for Dangote Refinery.”

The pricing of Dangote’s LSSR cargoes is based on Rotterdam’s 0.5 per cent LSFO quotes on a free-on-board basis. Although the specific pricing for this shipment was not disclosed, it reflects the competitive positioning of Dangote’s products in the global market.

Another shipment, expected to carry around 157,000 tons of LSSR, is set to reach Singapore in July aboard the vessel Stena Suede, according to ship tracking data.

LSSR plays a vital role in the production of low-sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) used for bunkering or as feedstock in various refinery processes. The global market’s increasing focus on low-sulfur fuels is driven by stringent environmental regulations aimed at reducing sulfur emissions from ships.

Dangote Refinery’s export activities began in February, and the facility started purchasing crude oil primarily from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd in December 2023. The refinery’s strategic moves are seen as a boost to Nigeria’s economy, enhancing the country’s status as a significant player in the global oil market.

“We are proud to contribute to Nigeria’s economic growth and to support the global shift towards cleaner fuels,” added Dangote. “Our goal is to meet the world’s energy needs while adhering to environmental standards.”

This latest development follows Dangote Refinery’s recent history-making export of jet fuel to Europe. The refinery’s growing presence in international markets underscores its potential to influence global energy dynamics.

In a related news, shifts in the oil market are influencing strategies worldwide. Big oil buyers are increasingly turning to electric vehicles, posing challenges for traditional oil producers like Nigeria. Additionally, domestic issues such as inflation are impacting consumer spending, with a notable erosion of the naira’s value.

As Dangote Refinery continues to expand its reach, it sets a precedent for other African refineries. The successful penetration into the Asian market demonstrates the refinery’s capability to adapt and thrive in a competitive global landscape.

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Emmanuel Ochayi is a journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, School of first choice and the nations pride. Emmanuel is keen on exploring writing angles in different areas, including Business, climate change, politics, Education, and others.

Emmanuel Ochayi is a journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, School of first choice and the nations pride. Emmanuel is keen on exploring writing angles in different areas, including Business, climate change, politics, Education, and others.

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