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Nigeria’s Dangote Refinery Seizes Market Share from Europe with Surging Gasoil Exports



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Nigeria’s newly operational Dangote oil refinery is making waves in the oil industry, rapidly increasing its gasoil exports to West Africa and capturing significant market share from European refiners.

According to traders and shipping data, this $20 billion refinery is already altering the landscape of oil exports in the region.

Despite currently producing a lower grade of gasoil than anticipated, due to pending restarts of key units needed for cleaner fuel production, the refinery has been actively seeking buyers in neighboring markets.

In May, Dangote’s gasoil exports soared to nearly 100,000 barrels per day (bpd), almost doubling the levels recorded in April, as per data from analytics firm Kpler.

The majority of these exports were directed to West African countries, with one shipment reaching Spain.

However, preliminary data for June shows a significant decline in gasoil volumes. Despite this, overall oil product exports, including fuel oil, naphtha, and jet fuel, remained robust at 225,000 bpd.

The rise of Dangote’s refinery has significantly impacted European markets. A European distillates trading source told Reuters, “The refinery has shifted the balance in West Africa.”

This shift is reflected in Kpler data, which shows that EU and UK gasoil exports to West Africa fell to a four-year low of 29,000 bpd in May.

Russian exports to the region also dropped to an eight-month low of 87,000 bpd in the same month.

In Nigeria, Dangote has been selling some high-sulphur gasoil, leading to disputes with local fuel retailers over responsibility for distributing the dirtier fuel.

The Petroleum Industry Bill passed in 2021 mandates a sulphur content of 50 parts per million (ppm) to align with sub-regional ECOWAS standards.

However, the regulator allowed the sale of gasoil with sulphur content above 200 ppm locally from the beginning of the year until June, giving local refineries and importers more time to comply with the new standard.

As European countries tighten regulations on high-sulphur gasoil exports, cargoes from the Dangote refinery have found a market in regions with more lenient motor fuel standards.

This shift is crucial as European refiners face increasing constraints, while West African countries continue to demand more fuel.

Earlier in May, Aliko Dangote, the Chairman of the Dangote refinery, stated that once fully operational, the refinery would supply products to West and Central African countries due to its capacity being too large for Nigeria alone.

This expansion underscores the refinery’s potential to reduce the $17 billion in oil imports into the continent and could even lead to the closure of some European refineries.

The refinery’s impact is evident with West Africa becoming the largest regional recipient of Europe’s gasoline exports in 2023, receiving roughly one-third of the continent’s average exports, which totaled 1.33 million barrels per day (bpd).

The Dangote refinery’s rapid ascent and substantial increase in gasoil exports mark a significant shift in the oil export dynamics of West Africa, promising to reshape the region’s energy landscape for years to come.

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Goya Foods Takes Legal Action to Assert ‘Goya Olive Oil’ Trademark Ownership



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“Goya Olive Oil” trademark in Nigeria, Goya Foods Incorporated has initiated legal proceedings against the Registrar of Trademarks under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The case, numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/883/2023, was brought before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Goya Foods, a prominent producer and distributor of foods and beverages across the United States, Spanish-speaking countries, and Nigeria, seeks to enforce a longstanding consent judgment issued by the court in December 2006.

The judgment directed the Registrar to rectify the Trademarks Register to reflect Goya Foods Incorporated as the rightful owner of the “Goya Olive Oil” trademark, without any further formalities.

The lawsuit, exclusively revealed to sources, underscores Goya Foods’ determination to safeguard its intellectual property against alleged infringements.

According to court documents, Goya Foods obtained the consent judgment against Chikason Industries Limited, which was accused of marketing “Goya Olive Oil” in Nigeria, thus infringing on Goya Foods’ registered trademark.

Legal counsel for Goya Foods, Ade Adedeji, SAN, emphasized the necessity of rectifying the Trademarks Register to protect their trademark interests effectively.

Despite appeals to the Registrar, the requested rectification has not been implemented, prompting Goya Foods to escalate the matter through legal channels.

The case has been adjourned to September 27, 2024, for further proceedings, highlighting the complexity and significance of trademark disputes in the global marketplace.

Goya Foods remains committed to upholding its brand integrity and securing its proprietary interests amidst the evolving landscape of international trademark law.

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IOCs Accused of Blocking Direct Crude Sales to Dangote Refinery



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Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) of obstructing direct crude oil sales to its refinery and forcing the company to use costly middlemen.

This development comes after a statement by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) suggested a “willing buyer-willing seller” dynamic was in place as mandated by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

Devakumar Edwin, Vice President of DIL, countered NUPRC CEO Gbenga Komolafe’s claims, stating that IOCs consistently make it difficult for local refiners by pushing sales through international trading arms, which inflate prices and bypass Nigerian laws.

“These middlemen earn unjustified margins on crude produced and consumed within Nigeria,” Edwin stated.

He noted that only one local producer, Sapetro, has sold directly to DIL, while others insist on using trading arms abroad.

Edwin detailed the financial impact, citing instances where DIL was charged a $2-$4 premium per barrel above the official price.

In April, DIL paid $96.23 per barrel for Bonga crude, which included significant premiums, compared to a much lower premium for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude.

While acknowledging NUPRC’s support in resolving some supply issues, Edwin urged the regulatory body to revisit pricing policies to ensure fair market practices.

“Market liquidity is essential for fair pricing. We hope NUPRC addresses these issues to prevent price gouging,” he stated.

This dispute highlights ongoing challenges in Nigeria’s oil sector, where domestic refiners struggle to secure local crude amidst complex market dynamics.

The outcome of these negotiations could significantly impact the refinery’s operations and broader industry practices.

The situation underscores the need for transparent and efficient crude supply systems to bolster Nigeria’s refining capacity and economic growth.

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Dangote’s $20 Billion Refinery to Begin Petrol Sales Next Month



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Aliko Dangote announced on Monday that his long-awaited $20 billion refinery complex will commence petrol sales starting next month.

The announcement came during a press briefing held at the refinery site in Lagos, where Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, detailed the project’s progress and future plans.

“We are proud to announce that the Dangote Refinery will begin selling petrol from August,” Dangote stated confidently.

“This milestone marks the culmination of years of meticulous planning, construction, and overcoming numerous challenges.”

Dangote’s refinery, touted as the largest single-train refinery in the world, is designed to process 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day once fully operational.

The facility aims to not only meet Nigeria’s domestic demand for refined petroleum products but also contribute significantly to export markets across West Africa.

“We have entered the steady-state production phase earlier this year, and now we are ready to begin commercial sales,” Dangote explained. “Initially, we will focus on petrol production, with plans to expand our product range as we ramp up to full capacity.”

The refinery’s launch is expected to alleviate Nigeria’s longstanding dependence on imported refined products, thereby boosting the country’s energy security and reducing foreign exchange outflows associated with fuel imports.

Beyond petrol sales, Dangote revealed ambitious plans to list both the refinery and its associated fertilizer plant on the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) by the first quarter of 2025.

This move aims to attract broader investor participation and unlock additional value for shareholders.

“We are committed to transparency and accountability in our operations,” Dangote emphasized. “Listing these subsidiaries on the NGX will not only strengthen our corporate governance framework but also enhance the refinery’s financial sustainability.”

Challenges and Future Prospects

Despite celebrating the imminent commencement of petrol sales, Dangote acknowledged challenges encountered during the project’s execution, including delays in securing land for a petrochemical facility in Ogun State, which incurred substantial costs.

“We faced bureaucratic hurdles that resulted in significant delays and financial losses,” Dangote lamented. “Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing Nigeria’s industrial capabilities and contributing to economic growth.”

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