How can we move from being a rentier country, a simple producer of raw materials and highly dependent on world oil prices, to a real oil industry ? This is the challenge that Senegal must take up in order to make the most of its relatively large oil and gas reserves. Better still, it must work to achieve long-term energy sovereignty, which should be led by nationals. These observations and recommendations were made by Thierno Alassane Sall, former Minister of Energy and Development of Renewable Energies, on the occasion of the logistics day organized this Thursday, June 10 at Supdeco Campus Thies by the Circle of student logisticians. Return on a day very rich in colours in a temple of knowledge that gives voice to the real actors of the city to the delight of its learners. Report
On Thursday 10 June 2021, the day appears timidly in the city of the railways with climatic signals that suggest a sunny and very hot day. The people of Thies are going about their daily business in a routine that does not leave visitors from Dakar indifferent. The traffic is getting busier and busier as the morning gives way to mid-day.
Located in the city centre, Supdeco Campus Thiès, an imposing building, is wedged between the hectic Avenue Léopold Sédar Senghor and Avenue Lamine Guèye, commonly known as the "Sunless Street" because of the lush forest that used to surround the area. The two avenues are linked by Nicolas Bakhazy Street (Escale Sud) which borders the entrance to the establishment. Here, students, coffee sellers, passers-by and talibés jostle each other. It is difficult to find a way through. A few steps away, the president of the BDE (Students’ Bureau), Abdou Lam and his friends occupy the place. Everything seems to have been done beforehand by his clubs and cells for the success of the day’s event. Not far away, another actor can be seen, visibly preoccupied. Telephone stuck to his ears, sweating, Mohamed Diop, the real mastermind of this activity, is the president of the circle of logisticians of Supdeco Campus Thies. With his team, he welcomes the guests and takes care of the final adjustments. At about 10 :15 am, the two speakers are already there. During this time, the setting up is already completed in the amphitheatre which is full of people. The administration is ready. The serious business can finally begin. And it is the turn of the director of Supdeco Campus Thies, Mr. Moustapha Djité who, in his welcoming remarks, reminded the vocation of his institution which is to confront the opinions of the actors of life on themes of certain interest for the community and the students of the group. These students, explained Mr. Djité, were the initiators and masters of this day dedicated to logistics. For his part, Mr. Sidy Diop, head of the Master’s degree in Oil Trading and Logistics, stressed the importance of training in the downstream oil industry. For him, it is more than necessary that the students of the Supdeco Group understand and identify all the opportunities that exist in oil logistics. Further on, he said with great conviction that "the oil and gas professions can be a lever for development and this challenge can be taken up by young people, especially Supdeco students".
Taking the floor, the former Minister of Energy and Development of Renewable Energies first pointed out that African oil-producing countries are all but absent from the value chain of the hydrocarbon ecosystem and logistics on a global scale. According to the author of the "Elysée Protocol", our countries are mere suppliers of raw materials, which are highly dependent on world oil prices. Hence the need for our states to control the entire value chain. To achieve this, Thierno Alassane Sall pleads for the acquisition by Senegal of real national capacities of storage and distribution of oil and gas products by nationals. Better still, he advocates, in view of the exploitation in 2023 of the discovered oil and gas, a distribution that will not be done in an artisanal way. But rather through a pipeline network, even if only for large cities such as Dakar and Saint-Louis, like Tunis.
The former minister ended his presentation by drawing parallels between the Nigerian and Emirati models of oil exploitation. For him, Senegal should take inspiration from Dubai, which has succeeded in creating a real oil industry and where 30% of the country’s budget comes from revenues from oil exploitation.
Explaining the importance of logistics in the downstream oil sector, Mr Cheikh Bèye, logistics manager at Oryx, an international Swiss company operating in the distribution of fuels and lubricants, shared with the students his experience in his company. He went into detail about the process by which logistics in oil depots operate, not without insisting on the permanent concern for safety.