Edo’s modular refinery deal earns chemical engineering programme

Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State Government has said the modular refinery deal signed by Governor Godwin Obaseki and representatives of Peiyang Chemical Equipment Company in China has earned the state a chemical engineering programme.

It said in a statement that the programme, to be domiciled in a university in the state, would be run in collaboration with the Tianjin University, China, the oldest institution in the Asian country.

Obaseki was quoted as saying, “The university programme is an added benefit to the modular refinery deal, which final investment agreement was signed few days ago in Beijing.

“The programme will build technical manpower for the oil and gas industry in line with the Federal Government’s policy on local capacity development in the sector. The idea is to develop technical manpower and set industry standards in the oil and gas sector.”

According to the governor, Edo State has a large army of productive and creative young people who will leverage the learning opportunity that the chemical engineering programme will provide.

He stated, “Our young people will benefit from the world-class programme of the Tianjin University. Our goal is to equip more of our youths to participate in the new social and economic order we are creating in the state that will run on a solid industrial base.

“The social and economic opportunities we are providing across the state are increasing by the day and we want to prepare our young ones for the various industries.”

According to the statement, the Tianjin University is the oldest institution of higher education in the modern history of China and the leading research and teaching institute in the country.

Obaseki was quoted as saying in an interview with journalists after signing the modular refinery deal in China, “We are excited about the modular refinery project, and the project is going to transform the state’s economy and position us as a hub for fabrication of refinery parts with the setting up of a fabrication yard to boost local capacity in that sector.”

The statement said the governor had approved the release of ₦700 million for the modular refinery, as part of the state’s contribution to the project.