Nigeria: Schneider Electric & Dangote Oil Refinery Comprehensive Contract

The contract is to provide comprehensive process automation systems for the refinery

Global specialist in energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, has signed a contract to provide comprehensive process automation systems, solutions and services to Dangote Oil Refinery Ltd., a subsidiary of African business conglomerate Dangote Group., under which, Schneider Electric will supply its EcoStruxure system architecture and platform to drive supply chain and operational efficiency, reliability and profitability improvements at Dangote's greenfield refinery.

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure system architecture and platform, comprises its EcoStruxure Foxboro distributed control system, Triconex process safety solutions, PIONIR analytical fuels blending systems and a suite of SimSci and Wonderware software solutions, including its unified supply chain management and operations management software.

Devakumar V. G. Edwin, group executive director, strategy, capital projects and portfolio development, Dangote Industries Ltd. said, "While Nigeria is the world's eighth largest producer and exporter of crude fuel, we still import nearly 80 percent of our fuel products. Once completed in 2019, however, the Dangote Refinery will be the world's largest single train refinery capable of producing 33 million tons of various liquid products. Maintaining continuously safe, reliable and efficient refinery operations will help us reach our national goal of reducing fuel products imports and increasing our energy independence, which could help increase our country's foreign exchange by up to $5.5 million and reduce fuel imports by up to $7.5 million."

Any interruption or shutdown in operations at the Dangote Refinery would decrease output from 650,000 barrels a day to zero, since it will be a single train facility. Dangote Oil Refinery Ltd. chose Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS and Triconex process safety solutions—which include emergency shutdown systems—to maximize the safety and efficiency of their operations, bearing in mind, the need to safeguard their continuous operations. PWKD01092017

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