EIL to begin issuing Nigerian refinery tenders

Vol 17, PW 22 (19 Jun 14) People & Policy

Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote might not have come to Delhi in March as expected to sign a $139m contract with Engineers India (EIL).

But EIL officials are relieved the Project Management Consultant (PMC) and EPC management (EPCM) contract to build the 400,000 b/d Dangote refinery in Nigeria's Olokola Free Trade Zone has finally been signed: EIL received a copy on June 2. "We signed the documents here and sent them back to Nigeria," confirms a senior EIL source.

"Dangote officials signed and sent them back." US-based UOP LLC has been selected as the refinery technology licensor.

Dangote is waiting for Approval-to-Construct (ATC) paperwork from Nigeria’s department of petroleum resources, expected by end-June. "Our team has begun working on the project," adds EIL.

"We have begun preparing tender documents and sending them to Dangote. They’ll most likely issue the first construction tender in July.

" By November Dangote plans to begin constructing boundary walls and basic infrastructure. Core refinery construction work is slated to begin by December.

Between December and February 2015, Dangote is expected to issue tenders for the hydrogen unit steam cracker, the single train residue Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit, the Crude and Vacuum Distillation Units, the Atmospheric Residue Desulphurisation Unit and the integrated power station.