Dangote Oil Refining Company Limited has said the installation of equipment for the crude oil refinery being built in Lagos will begin this month, The Punch reports.
The Head, Quality Assurance/Quality Compliance and Construction, DORC, Mr. Rama Putta, said that the 650,000-barrels-per-day refinery would come on stream by September 2019. According to him, the basic engineering work has reached 98% completion; the detailed engineering, 90%; 3D modelling, 80%; long lead items ordering, 100%; bulk plates ordering, 90%; equipment and bulk items, 50%; and construction activities, 25%.
He said the sand filling of the site was completed six months ago, adding that 60% of the land was swampy. Putta said bringing the land to three metres above the mean sea level was the biggest challenge, adding, “The sand is tightly compacted and ready for the erection of the equipment…We will start erecting the refinery equipment in a week or 10 days’ time, and it will take about 15 to 20 months.”
According to him, the company will also begin the trading of petroleum products next year ahead of the completion of the refinery. He said the company would complete the construction of the refinery’s trading facilities in 2018 and test them by selling imported petroleum products for one year. The facilities include storage tanks, loading gantries and single point moorings as well as pipelines.
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Tyre market in Bangladesh is forecasted to grow at over 9% until 2020 on the back of growth in automobile sales, advancements in public infrastructure, and development-seeking government policies.
The government has emphasized on the road infrastructure of the country, which has been instrumental in driving vehicle sales in the country.
The tyre market reached Tk 4,750 crore last year, up from about Tk 4,000 crore in 2017, according to market insiders.
The commercial vehicle tyre segment dominates this industry with around 80% of the market share. At least 1.5 lakh pieces of tyres in the segment were sold in 2018.
In the commercial vehicle tyre segment, the MRF's market share is 30%. Apollo controls 5% of the segment, Birla 10%, CEAT 3%, and Hankook 1%. The rest 51% is controlled by non-branded Chinese tyres.
However, Bangladesh mostly lacks in tyre manufacturing setups, which leads to tyre imports from other countries as the only feasible option to meet the demand. The company largely imports tyre from China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.
Automobile and tyre sales in Bangladesh are expected to grow with the rising in purchasing power of people as well as growing investments and joint ventures of foreign market players. The country might become the exporting destination for global tyre manufacturers.
Several global tyre giants have also expressed interest in making significant investments by setting up their manufacturing units in the country.
This reflects an opportunity for local companies to set up an indigenous manufacturing base in Bangladesh and also enables foreign players to set up their localized production facilities to capture a significant market.
It can be said that, the rise in automobile sales, improvement in public infrastructure, and growth in purchasing power to drive the tyre market over the next five years.
Headline crude prices for the week beginning 14 January 2019 – Brent: US$61/b; WTI: US$51/b
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