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Dangote Group orders compressors and turbines from MAN Diesel & Turbo for new Nigerian refinery

MAN axial compressorMAN's axial compressor. (Image source: MAN Diesel and Turbo)

With a double-digit million dollar order volume, Germany-based MAN Diesel & Turbo will deliver two compressor trains to Nigerian Dangote Oil Refining Company, for the company’s new refinery in Lagos.

Dangote Corporation is currently building Africa’s largest refinery in the capital’s Lekki Free Trade Zone, investing a total of around US$12bn.

The new refinery should enable Nigeria - Africa’s biggest crude oil producer - to raise its oil processing capacities, thereby reducing the nation’s dependency on imported fuels.

“This is a milestone project and will have a huge impact on the economy of not only Nigeria but the whole of the West African region,” said Wayne Jones, member of the executive board and chief sales officer of MAN Diesel & Turbo. “We are very proud to be a part of this project and gladly offer our equipment and technological expertise in order to help to make the Dangote refinery not only Africa’s biggest but also one of the most efficient operations on the continent.”

The highly efficient machinery trains from MAN Diesel & Turbo each consist of an axial compressor driven by a steam turbine with about 30 MW power. Delivered with a comprehensive auxiliary package, they will come into operation for the refinery process of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC), thereby supporting the production of fuel.

The order also comprises erection and commissioning of the machinery trains, being developed and built at the company’s turbomachinery technology site in Germany. Delivery will take place in the course of 2018, while commissioning of the whole refinery is planned for the year 2019.

“This refinery new building is underlining the long-term growth perspective Nigeria and the region of West Africa have,” said Sohail A. Khan, managing director of MAN Diesel & Turbo in Nigeria. “We are here to serve customers with high-performance technology for the oil and gas industry, process industry or the ever-rising need for efficient power generation.”

As well as its presence in Nigeria, MAN Diesel & Turbo holds other subsidiaries across the rest of Africa. With 250 employees across various sales and service sites, regional workshops and a pool of field service engineers, the company serves customers that are mainly active in the oil and gas industry, the power generation business or the process industry.

The company’s history in Africa dates back to the 1950s, when the first engines for power generation were delivered to the countries of Mali and Senegal.