Monday, November 29, 2021 / 09:52 AM / by Release by Dangote / Header Image Credit: Dangote
...Engineers hail the huge scale of project
TheNational President of Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCh) has revealedthat Dangote Oil Refining Company will be the highest employer of chemicalengineers in the country when the refinery comes on stream.
TheSociety's National President, Engr. Saidu A. Muhammed disclosed this duringthe NSCh's visit/tour of the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical project atIbeju-Lekki, Lagos at the weekend.
Hecommended the company for its contribution to energy security in Nigeria.
Engr.Muhammed, who led members of NSCh on a tour of the Dangote 650,000 barrels-per-day refinery project in Lagos, to mark the end of the association's51st anniversary celebration, said the industries in Nigeria have not beenable to absorb the over 1,000 engineers yearly from NigerianUniversities.
Muhammedstated, "We, the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, have keenly beenwatching the progress of the refinery project. "When completed, therefinery will be singular largest employer of chemical engineers in the country.Nigerian Universities turn out about 1,000 chemical engineers everyyear and the avenues for employment have been very scarce.
"Theindustry has not been able to fully absorb the number of chemical engineersthat passed out of the universities years ago. Some companies within thesector are not running at optimum level. Therefore, employment is key.
"However,from the energy security point of view, chemical engineers are always concernedabout what can be put in place to guarantee energy security the country.Nigeria is blessed with abundant crude oil, but unfortunately, we are importingpetroleum products simply because Nigeria's own refineries are not utilisingtheir installed capacity", he said.
"Therefore,when you see a brand-new refinery like the Dangote Refinery that has thecapacity to meet the petroleum products needs of the country, there is need tocelebrate such company", Muhammed added. He expressed delightover the size of the project and the level of work that has gone in theconstruction of the refinery.
"TheDangote Refinery project is very impressive, very big. There is no project ofthis magnitude right now in this part of the world. We are delighted to seethat the project is nearing completion and many things have been done".
Hecommended the Dangote Group for its plans to ensure that Nigerian engineers aretrained to handle the operation of the refinery plant, which has been acclaimedto be the largest single-train refinery in the world.
"Weare most impressed by the numbers of Nigerians that we see within the siteworking at various sections of the plant. We are glad that Dangote is buildingthis type of project in Nigeria, which is one of the largest in the world", hesaid.
Muhammedadded that the members of the association are happy to see that DangoteRefinery will contribute significantly to energy security in Africa.
"Weare also happy about the refinery's contribution to energy security inAfrica. The refinery is also going to have positive impact on Nigeria'sdownstream oil and gas industry."
Speakingalso at the event, the Technical Consultant to the President of Dangote Group,Engr. Babajide Soyode commended the chemical engineers for coming on a tour ofthe refinery.
Accordingto Soyode, Dangote's refinery will help Nigeria meet and exceed its currentdemand for gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and kerosene, leaving ample product forexport.
"Thisconnotes significant positive economic impact on Nigeria and the West Africanregion, transforming Nigeria from a net importer to exporter of refinedpetroleum products and curtailing significant foreign exchange outflows."Additionally, the availability of excess fuel will also provide acatalyst for eliminating Nigeria's expensive fuel subsidy," headded.
Soyodesaid that the 650,000 barrels-per-day refinery would complement other majorinfrastructure investments that Dangote has planned at the strategicallylocated Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos, including a port, gas processingfacility, power plant, and petrochemical and Fertiliser complex. "Whencompleted, this infrastructure complex will create a significant economy ofscale for one of Africa's largest industrial conglomerates, supporting jobs inboth Nigeria and other African countries", he added.
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