The coming on stream of the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals will go a long way in bringing the much-desired resolution to the unemployment crisis ploughing the nation as the company would engage about 2000 personnel in the field of engineering only.
Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development & Capital Projects, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Devakumar Edwin disclosed this while receiving the officials of Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) who paid a visit to the head office of the Dangote Group in Lagos at the weekend.
He explained that there are opportunities for thousands of indirect jobs is huge, given that there are fertilizer and petrochemical complex within the refinery.
He explained that the 650,000 barrels-per-day Dangote Refinery currently under construction is 50 per cent bigger than the current largest single train the refinery in the world; and has the latest technology to challenge any such plant in Europe and everywhere.
Mr. Edwin, who also identified well-trained human capital as the most important aspect of any successful company disclosed this during a chat with officials from the Petroleum Trust Development Fund, on a visit to the Dangote Head Office in Lagos recently.
Giving an overview of the Dangote Refinery to the visiting Head, Press & External Relations, PTDF, Mr Kalu Otise and Mr Lawal Ibrahim of the same unit, the Dangote boss said “although most refineries abroad tend towards mass production of diesel, the Dangote Refinery is designed to produce gasoline more than diesel, which is unique to us.
Also, for every barrel of crude that goes in, we want to extract the maximum number of products to boost the return on investment. Our refinery products can be sold in any part of the world.”
He also noted that because of the technology deployed in the construction of the Dangote Refinery (which will be the world’s largest single-train refinery upon completion), the personnel had to be trained from scratch, with engineers sent to India and South Africa.
According to him, “From Nigeria, our people have gone throughout Africa and beyond for training. They are trained and equipped, they can do exceedingly well. In oil and gas, there is an advantage because there is already some level of expertise there.”
Concerning the refinery workforce, Edwin explained that “we adopted the highest level of employment standard from both Europe and America. On our manpower the requirement, we got thousands of applications, and the applicants were put through a rigorous process and sent in batches to India and other countries for training.”