The Dangote Oil Refining Company, (DORC), United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and UOP, a division of Honeywell International, Inc., have started a training programme for the development of critical human talents necessary to operate and maintain a petroleum refinery of the magnitude of Dangote refinery.
According to Independent, the training which kicked off at the Dangote Academy, Ikeja, Lagos, involves intensive training of 50 Dangote company engineers. The training programme is designed to focus on refining processes and engineering, as well as on health, safety and environmental skills.
Speaking on the kick-off of the training, Director Human Asset Management & Project support, DORC Mohan Kumar, said the programme is very important for the refinery operation. He said, “the training will enable the employees to understand the refinery, how it works, the type of technology in the refinery and how it operates”.
In his reaction, George Nicolaides, Director Refinery Operations, DORC, the training was necessary to prepare the employees for the operation of the refinery. He added that the employees were the present and future of the Dangote Refinery noting that the selected young engineers will kick start the refinery as well as handle major roles in running the refinery and its operation.
In addition, Dr. Ebele Oputa, Head Learning & Development, DORC, said “For such a high-tech project, investment in getting the right quality of human capital to run the plant is considered to be possibly the most critical success factor for the multi-billion-dollar project. We are therefore most grateful for the assistance from the USTDA towards the training of some of the operators needed to successfully operate and maintain our 650,000 bpd capacity refinery at Lekki.”
Meanwhile, the Dangote Refinery will be a major step towards reducing dependence on imported fuels and petrochemicals in Nigeria and when completed will be one of Africa’s largest industrial conglomerates and will create significant economies of scale and support jobs creation in both Nigeria and the continent.
On the other hand, UOP, a division of Honeywell International, Inc., was awarded a contract to provide critical equipment, technology licensing, and design services and also includes several UOP-proprietary processes and packaged equipment.