Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote is warming up for the opening of Nigeria’s first private refinery which he is building in Lagos.

The refinery is expected to start operations by the end of this year.

In preparation for that, the Dangote Group has now trained 150 indigenous engineers who will be running the affairs of the new refinery.

Dangote Oil Refinery Company’s Director of Human Capital Management and Project Support, Mohan Kumar said the engineers have been trained in refinery operations.

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He made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Monday while presenting 22 engineers who returned from Mumbai, India.

Kumar said the young engineers were trained at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.

He added that the engineers had gathered fundamental practical knowledge about refining crude oil.

According to him, the engineers are recruited and trained to witness the building of the refinery from scratch, adding that they spent two months in classroom training and three months on the job training.

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Kumar explained that the 22 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.

“The engineers are expected to also transfer the skills acquired to other Nigerians when the refinery takes off.

“The 22 engineers arrived from Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Mumbai in India, where the last set of 150 employees trained in various areas of petroleum and petrochemical refining,’’ Kumar explained.

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