Honeywell's UOP said on Wednesday that it will be supplying its process technology, catalysts and proprietary equipment for the largest refinery in Africa.

The integrated refinery and petrochemical plant in Nigeria will reduce the country's dependence on imported fuels and petrochemicals. It will be built in Lekki, near the capital of Lagos in southwestern Nigeria.

UOP technologies at the new facility will include its Resid Fluid Catalytic Cracking process to produce transportation fuels from crude oil; CCR Platforming process to produce high-octane gasoline blending components; Unicracking process to produce diesel; and Penex process to produce high-octane gasoline.

UOP's alliance partner, Process Consulting Services, will provide the crude distillation unit design.

"UOP has been designing state-of-the-art refineries and petrochemical plants for more than a century, so we are well-equipped to help Nigeria develop a massive new installation to meet its domestic needs," commented Pete Piotrowski, senior vice president and general manager of UOP's Process, Technology and Equipment business.

In addition to processing crude oil to produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that meet Euro V specifications for reduced emissions, the refinery will produce polypropylene, a key petrochemical used in plastics and packaging. UOP will supply propylene, which will be used as a feedstock for polypropylene production.

The plant will be operated by Dangote Oil Refining Company, part of the Dangote Group, which is the largest industrial conglomerate in West Africa and one of the largest in Africa.