New recruitment platform to be opened for more than 2,000 workers
Construction of the Benin-Niger pipeline was launched in September 2019, but will not be effective in Benin until the next few weeks. On the national territory, infrastructure construction will create thousands of jobs.
Delayed for several months due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, construction of the 684 km Benin side of the Niger-Benin pipeline is expected to begin soon. The announcement was made on Sunday by the Beninese Ministry of Mines, which will launch on 15 March a web platform to recruit more than 2,000 workers to carry out the work.
The www.emploi-pipeline.gouv.bj platform will be operational from 4:30 p.m.
As a reminder, the pipeline will be 1,982 km long, of which 1,298 will be located on the Nigerian side. According to official details, more than 50 profiles will be searched in four categories: executives, security guards, specialized workers and support officers.
Construction of the pipeline will be financed by The Chinese producer China National Petroleum Company (CNPC), which operates several oil deposits in the Agadem oil basin. For the delivery of Nigerian oil to the international market, the Beninese state will pocket an annual transit fee of around 25 million euros.
Initially, the infrastructure delivery date was 2022, but in the face of project delays, the project is likely to be completed in 2023. In addition, stakeholders are also planning to build classrooms and health centres in 17 municipalities and 152 villages crossed by the pipeline during its implementation.
The Niger-Benin pipeline comes at a time when Niger’s oil production will rise from 20,000 to 100,000 barrels per day. Some of this production will be refined and consumed locally, while the rest will be exported and revenues are expected to support solid economic growth.