CLAIM: Aliko Dangote’s $19 billion refinery is to be commissioned on January 24, 2023
CONTEXT: A Twitter user, Mohammed Jammal, posted on his Twitter handle that the Dangote refinery will be commissioned on January 24, 2023. The tweet, which gathered over 81,000 views, over 500 Likes and retweets, before it was deleted, was circulated by online blogs and some news media. The tweet reads, “Aliko Dangote’s $19 billion refinery to be commissioned on January 24, 2023.” Also, a reputable paper (not Daily Trust) reported the same story, saying the refinery is slated for commissioning on the same day.
VERIFICATION: Checks by our partners at Daily Trust has shown that there is no official announcement by the Dangote Group on the commissioning. It only announced that the 650,000 barrel per day refinery would be commissioned before the end of the first quarter of 2023. Also, the Group head of Corporate Communications at the Dangote group, Anthony Chiejina, told Daily Trust that the reports making the rounds is not true
He said, “The Dangote petrochemical refinery will be commissioned when all arrangements are concluded and a formal announcement will be made to that regard.”
He added that the general public should discard the reports making the rounds.
The Dangote integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in the Lekki Free Zone in Lagos, has a capacity to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The refinery, according to the Group, will also produce Euro-V quality gasoline and diesel, as well as jet fuel and polypropylene is expected to generate 4,000 direct and 145,000 indirect jobs.