Situated in the Lekki Free Zone near Lagos, Nigeria, the Dangote Refinery’s location is a subject of both economic optimism and critical discussion.
This 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) integrated refinery and petrochemical project is Africa’s largest oil refinery and the world’s biggest single-train facility. It covers a land area of approximately 2,635 hectares (seven times the size of Victoria Island).
This article aims to explore key aspects you need to know about this monumental project’s location, from its strategic placement to its broader economic and environmental implications.
Ibeju-Lekki- a new commercial hub
The presence of a mega infrastructure project like the Dangote petroleum refinery coupled with the appeal of the Lekki Free Trade Zone will boost industrialization in the Ibeju-Lekki-Epe axis.
Companies from the petrochemical industry will begin to establish offices within the axis thus creating a commercial hub. Moreover, with more infrastructural developments, the value of the Ibeju Lekki real estate market will increase.
Lagos State government cajoled Ibeju chiefs
Reports say Babatunde Raji Fashola, the former governor of Lagos, had in 2014 met with Ibeju-Lekki residents and “handed over” Dangote to them.
In a viral clip of his speech at the event, Fashola asked “Do you still want the refinery or should we take it elsewhere.”
He said, “Do you know we can take the refinery to Badagry? Crude oil is abundant there. Do you want it or not? He (Dangote) has begged you. Those of you who do not want, please stand up and go. Now, I’m handing Dangote to all these area chiefs, Obas, and other residents. He’s now in your hands.”
Fashola also added “It is the Lagos state government that you are dealing with, and if there is any problem, you should come to us. Do not go inside the facility and spoil the equipment if there is any grievance. You shall see my wrath then.”
Dangote’s Refinery occupies the same location as Lekki Deep Sea Port
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited revealed that it will supply 300,000 barrels daily to the Dangote Refinery’s location. These supplies can be delivered by ship or through pipelines.
The proximity of the Lekki Deep Sea Port to Dangote’s Refinery could aid the transportation of crude oil.
Ibeju-Lekki-Epe Expressway may experience strain
Dangote Refinery’s location can cause a strain on the Ibeju-Lekki-Epe Expressway. This is because the operations of the refinery will require the heavy utilization of the roads by tankers.
When tankers transporting crude oil begin to ply the road more often, there may be potholes and gridlocks that may hinder free movement on the road.
The presence of fumes and soot in Ibeju-Lekki
The location of the Dangote refinery in Ibeju-Lekki may introduce fumes and soot that may make the area less appealing for residential developments.
The $19 billion refinery can produce a huge volume of fumes that may not be conducive for humans. Also, the noise generated by the machines could cause discomfort to residents in that area.
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