The Kano Professionals Forum (KPF) has described the about 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) capacity of ongoing Dangote Petroleum refinery and petrochemical projects as huge and mind boggling investments.
The Forum is a congregation of men who have attained the peak of their various professional callings and have dedicated their experience to helping the society.
The team which visited the sites recently was led by Mr. Munzali Jibril, a Professor Emeritus. Speaking on the members’ behalf, he said: “The Dangote Refinery and Fertilizer Project is incredible. It’s unbelievable. The scale of the two projects is simply mind boggling.
“It is consistent with what we know about the vision of this company. It is always aspiring to do the biggest in the world, and not to be complacent, once target is achieved then they set a new target,” he noted.
He said his Forum is desirous of partnering the Dangote Industries Ltd in the area of mentoring of young professionals, adding that the refinery can provide a platform for the mentoring activities.
President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said though the projects have been very challenging, he would not however rest on his oars.
Mr. Dangote described the private sector as key to unlocking the Nigerian economy and her potentials and that he would continue to his best for his country.
While conducting the team round the project, Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Mr. Devakumar Edwin said the entire project site was about seven times the size of the Victoria Island in Lagos.
While the 650,000 bpd refinery capacity makes it the largest single-train in the world, he said the fertilizer segment is world’s second largest fertilizer plant and thousands of jobs will be created when completed.
Mr. Edwin said with 177 tanks, the refinery has a storage capacity of 4.7 billion litres, adding 2,570 different types of equipment are being utilized in the construction work, while 1,029 trucks and tippers are working on daily basis.
The refinery has a 53% capacity of producing Gasoline alone (PMS), which is in high demand, unlike Nigeria’s current combined total, which stood at 22%.
Members of the Kano Professionals Forum who toured the refinery projects also include Former President of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) Muhammad Abubakar; former President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) Ibrahim A. Haruna and President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) Mansur Ahmad.
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