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Nigeria leads in African new-build refining capacity growth

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Nigeria is set to lead refining capacity additions from planned and announced (new-build) projects in Africa by 2024, reports GlobalData.

The company’s report, ‘Global Refining Industry Outlook to 2024 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries’, reveals that Nigeria would add 1.8 million bpd of planned and announced crude oil refining capacity by 2024. Of this, 1.1 million bpd comes from the planned refineries, while the early-stage announced projects contribute the remaining 700 000 bpd by 2024.

Adithya Rekha, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Out of 64 upcoming refineries in Africa, a total of 43 planned and announced refineries are expected to start operations in Nigeria during the period 2020 – 2024. However, given the delays faced by new refineries in the country, including the Dangote refinery, it remains to be seen how many of these refineries start operations by 2024.”

GlobalData expects South Africa to be the second largest country in Africa in terms of planned and announced refining capacity additions. It is likely to add 445 000 bpd of refining capacity by 2024. The Coega refinery accounts for most of the capacity additions in the country with 400 000 bpd. It is expected to start operations in 2022.

Egypt occupies third place in Africa with planned and announced refining capacity of 209 000 bpd by 2024. The Soukhna refinery is the largest upcoming refinery in the country with an expected refining capacity of 155 000 bpd. This planned refinery is likely to start operations in 2021.

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