The Largest Atmospheric Tower Successfully Installed At Dangote Refinery

Latest coverages from the burgeoning startup ecosystem and Venture Capital in Africa. Find everything on funding & mergers, opinions & interviews, reports and more. By now, it is no longer a secret that Africa’s richest man is cooking up what can be said to be ambitious. The tycoon’s plans for a mega petroleum refinery was very much what defined 2019 for the Dangote Group.  Now, things are looking up for his in-progress refinery site as the Aliko Dangote records yet another win in his “crazy” project.  Earlier in December, news broke that the serial entrepreneur’s acquired world’s largest single crude distillation column had landed in his refinery site after four months of being transported across the sea.  Also called the atmospheric tower, the gargantuan crude distillation column has been successfully installed at the site of the project in Ibeju-Lekki, on the outskirts of Lagos.  The equipment which was built by Sinopec – a Chinese manufacturer – was successfully set up last week, the company disclosed in a tweet. This is the largest single crude distillation column where different products are boiled off and recovered at different temperatures.  It has been further d...

SELC plans to sue Burlington over PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane pollution in drinking water, sludge

DEQ cites Greensboro and Reidsville for illegal discharges of 1,4-Dioxane into Haw River and its tributaries The Southern Environmental Law Center plans to sue the City of of Burlington for discharging perfluorinated compounds — PFAS — and 1,4-Dioxane from its two wastewater treatment plants into the drinking water supply, unless state regulators intervene first. Last week, the SELC filed a Notice of Intent to sue the city over alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The SELC is representing Haw River Assembly in its legal action. The SELC could also sue the city under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which governs the disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste. Contaminated sludge and biosolids from the city’s wastewater treatment plants is also applied on fields, ostensibly as a soil builder. Although the EPA doesn’t regulate PFAS or 1,4-Dioxane under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the compounds are subject to provisions of the CWA, which covers rivers, streams and lakes. Referring to the compounds as “unregulated” can mislead the public into thinking there is no legal way to stop the contamination from entering the waterways. Burlington’s ...