African Refiners & Distributors Association

Refining & Specifications

The new Refining & Specifications (RS) Work Group (WG) combines the activities of the old Refining & HSEQ and Specifications WGs to form a singular WG focused on enhancing overall plant performance and profitability while simultaneously meeting all regulatory requirements.

The ARDA RS Operations Excellence System can be used to deploy a structured approach to fostering operational best practices to reduce downtime, adopting relevant technology and effective data management to balance crude oil feedstock volatility, unscheduled downtimeand and operational efficiency to drive best-in-class financial and operational performance.,   This ARDA RS Operations Excellence System will also encompass alignment of operations to meet regultory requirements for low-sulphur fuels, air emmissions and wastewater effluent discharge.

The ARDA RS Operational Excellence System is intended to be used alongside each Member’s existing opertions management practices to strengthen and deliver world-class performance.



Technical Director at SAR Refinery (Senegal)


  • More than 20 years of experience in oil refining industry
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors MASE Senegal (Security Improvement Manual)
  • Member of the Senegalese Association for Energy Development in Africa (ASDEA)


  • Industrial Chemistry Engineer/Process Engineering at the Algerian Petroleum Institute


  • Leader of Refining, Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (RHSEQ) WG since 2016



Process Manager at INDENI Petroleum Refinery Ltd (Zambia)


  • 25 years of experience in mining and oil industries, including Agip Petroli (Italy) and Total (France, UK & Kenya)
  • Served as Member of Technical Committee on Oil Standards in Zambia (1998-2003)
  • Various performance training courses in refining technologies, refining economics, energy savings and oil catalyst management


  • B. Eng (Hons) Chemical Engineering – University of Birmingham (UK) 
  • MBA – University of Hull (UK)


  • Member of the ARA Executive Committee (as representative of Director-General of INDENI Refinery)
  • Deputy Leader of new Refining & Specifications WG 
  • Leader of Specifications WG since March 2019