Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group and world’s richest man, is sending about 800 Nigerians to India, to learn the operations of a petrochemical refinery.
The 800 Nigerians will travel to India over the next two years in a batch of fifties, to learn from India reputed to have the largest refinery in the world.
The Jamnagar Refinery Reliance Industries, located in Jamnagar has a capacity of 1.2 million barrels per day.
The first batch to be trained leaves for India today, Sunday, March 20, 2016.
Dangote is looking to creating employment within the Nigerian economy, rather than importing expatriates to run the first private refinery in Nigeria.
The refinery, projected to worth $9 billion, is being built to have a refining capacity of about 500,000 to 650,000 barrels per day.
“After receiving a private licence to build a refinery, Dangote has commenced the building of a 650,000 barrel per day (BPD) petroleum refinery, which will be the single largest in the world,” the conglomerate said in a statement more than a year ago.
“The refinery would have a larger capacity than all of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) refineries put together.”