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Dangote refinery in Lagos on fire

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A fire broke out at the Dangote Refinery in Lagos on Wednesday, according to reports circulating on social media.

A video depicting the refinery engulfed in flames has gone viral, raising concerns about the safety and potential damage to one of Nigeria‘s key industrial sites.

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The company’s Group Head, Corporate Communications, Anthony Chiejina, said a minor fire occurred at the company’s effluent treatment plant.

“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 all our staff on duty,” he said.

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In January, the Dangote Petroleum Refinery began producing diesel and aviation fuel, following its receipt of one million barrels of bonny light crude from the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC Ltd).

This milestone came after the refinery’s initial crude delivery on 12 December 2023 and subsequent shipments, marking a significant step towards full-scale production of refined petroleum products.

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By April, the refinery had started supplying these products to the local market.

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