[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The world’s heaviest regenerator has been delivered to Dangote’s refinery for the Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracker (RFCC). It is supposedly one of the most important conversion processes used in petroleum refineries.
The RFCC is mostly used to convert high-molecular, high-boiling weight hydrocarbon fractions of petroleum crude oils into more valuable gasoline and other products.
The Head of Quality Assurance at Dangote Oil Refining Company (DORC), Mr Rama Putta, said the land which was mostly swampy had now been completely sand filled. He explained that the refinery equipment (the world’s heaviest regenerator) will be delivered in a semi-finished shape and finished at the site. The rest, he confirmed, is being manufactured in various countries like India, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.
The Executive Director of Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin, said the refinery will produce 650,000 barrels of oil per day. This, he expects, would stimulate the economic development in Nigeria. He said the refinery was designed to process light and medium grades of oil. It will also produce very clean fuel that will meet international specifications.
Edwin explained further that the sulphur in petroleum fuels result in vehicle exhaust emissions that have had a negative impact on the environment in the past. With the new plant, Dangote has now invested in modern technology that will produce Euro V fuel to help Nigeria meet the European gasoline standards.
The project according to Edwin would provide jobs to Nigerians and, in turn, add value to the already dwindling economy. He noted that refinery will lead to technology acquisition opportunities for the country.
The equipment is now being installed in the refinery. It is currently being built in Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos, Nigeria. The world’s heaviest regenerator is one of the many heavy pieces of equipment being received into the refinery through the Dangote jetty.
In 2018, the jetty had received its first shipment of 132 metres long, 9,755 tonnes general cargo ship to deliver essential equipment for the construction of the new refinery. The refinery will accommodate multiple grades of domestic and foreign crude. It will then process it into high-quality gasoline, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuels that meet Euro V emissions specifications.