Fire Outbreak At Dangote Refinery

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There was a fire outbreak at a section of Dangote Refinery at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, on Wednesday morning.

Though the cause of the fire could not be ascertained as of press time, workers at the refinery were evacuated out of the building amidst panic.

Viral videos showed thick plume of smoke billowing into the sky from the facility located at the Lekki Free Zone near Lagos.

In a statement, a spokesman for the company, Anthony Chiejina, said operations at the refinery was not affected in anyway.

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

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The $20bn facility sited in Lagos and owned by the billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote commenced operations last December with 350,000 barrels a day. The refinery hopes to achieve its full capacity of 650,000 barrels per day by the end of the year.

The refinery has begun the supply of diesel and aviation fuel to marketers in the country while petrol supply is expected to commence mid-July.

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