Management of Dangote
Oil Refinery Company
(DORC) said about 150 young
Nigerian engineers have been
trained in refinery operations
in preparation for the takeoff
of its Lagos Refinery and
Petrochemical plant.
The company’s Director of
Human Capital Management
and Project Support, Mr Mohan
Kumar, made this known at a
news conference in Lagoson
Monday while presenting 22
engineers who returned from
Mumbai, India.
Kumar said the young
engineers were trained at
Bharat Petroleum Corporation
Limited in India on how to
manage the operations of the
refinery.
He added that the engineers
had gained fundamental
practical knowledge about
refinery. According to him, the
engineers are recruited and
trained to witness the building
of the refinery from scratch.
He said the engineers spent
two months in classroom
training and three months on
the job training.
Kumar explained that the
22 engineers were trained
by experts who had over 45
years experience in refinery
operations, stressing that the
training became imperative due
to the commitment of Dangote
Group to promote local content
by developing indigenous
capacity.
He added that “the engineers
are expected to also transfer
the skills acquired to other
Nigerians when the refinery
takes off.
“The 22 engineers arrived from
Bharat Petroleum Corporation,
Mumbai in India, where the last
set of 150 employees trained in
various areas of petroleum and
petrochemical refining.’’
Kumar noted that another set
of 600 engineers would be sent
for training before the end of
April.
According to him, the
refinery will produce 780,000
tonnes per annum (KTPA)
of polypropylene, 500 KTPA
of polyethylene, while the
fertiliser project will produce
3.0 million tonnes of urea per
annum.
He explained that “the
refinery will also have the
largest sub-sea pipeline
infrastructure in the world with
capacity to handle three billion
cubic metres of oil annually.”
Dangote Refinery is expected
to save Nigeria 12 billion dollars
annual import substitution and
create 4,000 direct jobs, as well
as reduce prices of petroleum
products after completion.
The project is located in Lekki
Free Trade Zone in Lagos State
on a vast land mass of 2,200
hectares, an area eight times
bigger than the entire Victoria
Island in Lagos.

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