Two 1,535-metric ton (1,692-ton) hydrocracker reactors were lifted aboard Biglift’s Happy Star in October at Porto Marghera, Italy, bound for Nigeria. The reactors, both 60 meters (197 feet) in length, were fabricated in Italy by ATB Riva Calzoni, an Italian heavy engineering equipment manufacturer, in their facilities in the city of Brescia and in assembly workshops on the port.
Fagioli SpA, a heavy lifting and transport company, handled the movement of the reactors from the facility to quay using a 72-axle, self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT). The reactors will be installed in Nigeria’s first privately owned refinery, owned by Dangote Group.
Porto Marghera — only Italian port capable of move
According to Pino Musolino, president of the port authority at Porto Marghera, an industrial port that is a borough of the Venice commune but on the mainland opposite the tourist city, is the only Italian port capable of handling such a massive project cargo.
The $12 billion Dangote refinery is being built in Lagos by Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote. When complete — in 2020, according to Dangote, but many expect the project to take as much as two years longer — the refinery will transform Nigeria’s notoriously corrupt and underperforming refining sector.
Although it is Africa’s largest oil producer, Nigeria currently imports petroleum for daily use, creating a wealthy class of oil traders and importers. The Dangote refinery is expected to be capable of processing 650,000 barrels per day, enough to cover domestic needs and provide some refined product for export.
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