Dangote Refinery & Petrochemical has given 120 local contractors about $368 million worth of contracts on its site. This stands as its own input to deepen the Nigerian local content development initiative.

This was revealed in Lagos, yesterday, by the Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development and Capital Projects, at Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Devakumar Edwin, during a tour of Dangote Refinery by members of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

This follows the company’s recent dismissal of workers: Recall that the company recently dismissed about 300 Nigerians working on projects in the refinery site. It was alleged that the dismissed Nigerian workers were replaced with Chinese.

There are Nigerian content opportunities in the refinery: Edwin further stated that there are several Nigerian content opportunities in the refinery and that it would lead to significant skills transfer and technology acquisition opportunities in the country.

The company is building ties for skills development: He also disclosed that the company is already collaborating with the Lagos State Government and Siemens to promote skills development within the host community, in order to create employment opportunities at the construction site of the refinery.

“We have already trained and employed 250 artisans. The company has completed the overseas training of the first and second batches of Nigerian engineers. The third batch left for Indian classroom training for one month, on-the-job training for one year and working in real time with experts in the industry every day.”

Meanwhile, asides the recent employment of different contractors and subcontractors, the company have also employed 3,580 Nigerians so far on its construction site.

About Dangote Refinery: Dangote Refinery is an oil refinery owned by the Dangote Group. The refinery is situated on a 6,180 acres (2,500 hectares) site at the Lekki Free Zone, Lekki, Lagos State.

It will process about 650,000 barrels of crude oil daily, transported via pipelines from oil fields in the Niger Delta, where natural gas will also be sourced to supply the fertilizer factory and also used in an electrical generation for the refinery complex.

The project is expected to cost up to $15 billion in total, with $10 billion invested in the refinery, $2.5 billion in the fertilizer factory, and $2.5 billion in pipeline infrastructure.

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