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Dangote Refinery Graduate Engineers To Advance Efficient Refinery Operation in Nigeria

The Dangote Oil Refinery Company has announced that its returnee indigenous India trained Graduate engineers will be deploying knowledge and skills as the Dangote refinery commences operation to prevent fuel scarcity in Nigeria.

A view of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. Refinery in Mumbai, India. Photo: Reuters

The Dangote Oil Refinery Company had sent batches of local Graduate engineers to Bharat Refinery in India where they were trained in refinery operation and production.

Currently, Nigeria awaits the Dangote refinery, with a capacity to produce 650,000 bpd, to commence operation as the country's four refineries have gone comatose.

Opeyemi Oyedepo, a process engineer, and Igwe John, a petroleum and gas engineer, relieved their experience in training and how they are made to be part of trouble shooting during their training, a development that has boosted their confidence that Dangote Refinery will eradicate perennial fuel scarcity in Nigeria.

Speaking further on the benefits of the training to Dangote Refinery, the engineers stated that the company would also have an increased value of human asset, improved ability to implement and realize specific goals within the given timeframe, as well as efficient refinery operations and adherence to quality and standard.

In his comment, Technical Adviser to Dangote Refinery, Engr. Babajide Soyode expressed satisfaction that the best of the graduate engineers were selected as attested to by the the trainer's in India. The country was selected as the training ground as India has one of the biggest refineries in the world and its willingness to train young engineers, as stated by Engr. Soyode.

The company’s Director of Human Capital Management and Project Support, Mohan Kumar, said that the company is laying a solid foundation for take off with the training of the engineers.

Kumar added that the engineers had gathered fundamental practical knowledge about refinery and that 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 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.

Kumary concluded: “The engineers are expected to transfer the skills acquired to other Nigerians when the refinery comes on stream."