Fuel scarcity: Dangote Refinery graduate engineers set to proffer solution

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The newly trained Dangote Refinery graduate engineers have promised to proffer suitable panacea to the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country when the Refinery takes off.

The engineers who returned from a training programme at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in India promised to deploy the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to ensure Nigeria is saved from the embarrassment of fuel scarcity when the refinery comes on stream.

The engineers, who described their experience as second to none in the history of Nigeria oil and gas sector said Nigeria will no longer experience fuel scarcity as the Dangote Refinery would be operated in the most efficient manner.

According to a statement, the Dangote Refinery, in preparation for takeoff, has been sending in batches Nigerian engineers to Bharat Refinery in India, arguably the biggest in the world for training in refinery operation and production.

The Dangote Refinery is Africa’s largest, with a capacity to produce 650,000 bpd. It is billed to commence operation soon.

The Nigerian engineers shared their experience with the management members at the Refinery premises at Lekki saying they had both theory and practical training in India.

The engineers also admit that it was a rare opportunity to witness a refinery of the Dangote’s size being built from the scratch.

Opeyemi Oyedepo, Process engineer, and Igwe John, petroleum and gas engineer explained to the management how they became part of the troubleshooting teem during their training, a development that has boosted their confidence that Dangote Refinery with most modern facilities will eradicate perennial fuel scarcity in in the country.

The Graduate engineers also disclosed that they learned, as part of their training, efficient refinery operations and adherence to quality and standard.

Technical Adviser to Dangote Refinery, Mr. Babajide Soyode expressed satisfaction that the best of graduate engineers were selected as attested to by the trainers in India adding that the management was proud of the engineers as they have displayed a thorough understanding of what they learned in India.

Soyode revealed that the Dangote Refinery chose Bharat, as the training ground, because it is the biggest refinery in the world and ready to train young engineers, unlike the disposition in Europe and other parts of the Western world.

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