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Highly commended African deal of the year 2013: Dangote

Dangote’s $3.3 billion syndicated loan
Lead managers Standard Chartered, Guarantee Trust Bank
return to the Deals of the Year 2013 index

The head of Nigeria’s Dangote Industries, Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, signed a $3.3 billion deal on September 4 2013 to finance the building of the largest oil refinery in Nigeria.

The refinery will transform Nigeria from an importer of refined products to an exporter, reducing current volumes of refined fuel imports by around 50%. Although Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer, the country lacks the capacity and infrastructure to produce its own refined fuel and nearly three quarters is imported.

Large petrochemical and fertilizer plants will also be constructed and will, in effect, stop fertilizer imports to the country.

"The economic impact will be huge and Nigeria will become a lot more self-sufficient. But the social impact that the project will have is also worth noting," says Bola Adesola, CEO of Standard Chartered in Nigeria. "This large project will have a knock-on effect and will spur the growth of smaller-scale industries.

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