The ongoing construction of Dangote Refinery will be not be completed until the end of 2020.
This is later than the early 2020 projected completion date that was earlier announced.
Devakumar Edwin, Dangote Group’s executive officer, told Reuters that the delay is due to difficulty in importing products.
This difficulty, he explained, is caused by a gridlock at the Apapa ports.
Devakumar said the tank farms at the refinery would be used as a depot to warm up operations.
“We will be able to complete the (refinery) project by the end of next year – mechanical completion,” he said.
Upon completion, the 650,000 barrels per day capacity refinery will be the largest in the world.
During a visit to Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aliko Dangote had said that 53% of the facility would be dedicated to petrol refining.
Dangote had initially announced plans for a smaller refinery in 2013 with a projected completion date of 2016.
The federal government has been making efforts to resolve the gridlock at Nigeria’s busiest seaport.
On one occasion, the federal government had ordered that the port begin 24-hour operations.
On May 22, President Muhammadu Buhari also gave a directive ordering that the trucks be cleared within 72 hours.
However, the gridlock has remained.