Nigeria’s Dangote Refinery hit by fire outbreak

Africa’s biggest oil refinery, Dangote, was hit by fire on Wednesday, but the refinery in Nigeria continued its operations as there was no cause for alarm.

The cause of the outbreak could not be ascertained at the time of this report.

Video footage circulating on social media shows thick black smoke rising from the affected area.

The management of Dangote Industries Limited on Wednesday said that the fire incident at its effluent treatment plant, has been contained without any injury or body harm to any of the staff.

Dangote Oil Refinery is a 650,000 barrels per day integrated refinery project under construction in the Lekki Free Zone near Lagos, Nigeria. It is expected to be Africa’s biggest oil refinery and the world’s biggest single-train facility.

Confirming the incident, the Group Chief Branding and Communications Officer, Anthony Chiejina, said it was a minor incident which has been contained.

“We have swiftly contained a minor fire incident at our effluent treatment plant (ETP), today Wednesday 26th of June.

“There is no cause for alarm as the refinery is operating and there is no recorded injury or body harm to any of our staff on duty,” he said.

Dangote claims that its petroleum refinery is a multi-billion dollar project that will create a market for $21bln per annum of Nigerian Crude.