The managing director of Desicon Engineering Ltd., Akanimo Udofia has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Under Akanimo Udofia’s leadership, Nigeria-based Desicon Engineering has grown from a company of approximately 100 employees to one of over 4,000. As a country, Nigeria yields a high level of sweet crude oil.
Oil was first discovered in Nigeria in 1956 by Shell-BP at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta. Since then, petroleum export and production has become a major industry in Nigeria, accounting for over 90 percent of the country’s gross earnings.
The crude oil produced in Nigeria is described as “light” and “sweet.” These words refer to a highly desirable type of crude oil that is characterized by a sulfur content of less than 5 percent. The low sulfur content allows Nigerian crude oil to yield a large amount of high value products such as diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel.
Nigeria’s sweet crude oil is also desirable because it is safer to extract and transport. In addition, it is easier to refine, causing less damage and subsequent long-term maintenance at refineries.