Last week, Dor hosted the Nigerian Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Uno Christopher Aogbonih and his entourage. The Nigerian government in collaboration with Dor group is examining opportunities inherent in the use of Methanol as an alternative energy as part of efforts to exploit the natural resources of the country, with the objective of lowering the cost of living and improving the quality of air.
Nigeria is Africa's most populous country, with a population of over 177 million people. Nigeria is currently the world's fifth oil exporter and an OPEC company member. This is the first visit of a Nigerian Minister in Israel since many years and also a visit of great political significance. Science and Technology Minister Nigerian, Dr. Ono Aogobonih noted pre-visit that he "welcomes the cooperation with Dor group because they have the knowledge and experience to examine, explore and develop the field of alternative energy in the country".
Dor Chemicals group was founded in 1973 and is active in the petrochemical industry and fuel substitutes for over 40 years. In the last year Dor group has led an initiative which which resulted in the approval of a new government standard for M15 fuel. This is the first standard of its kind in the world, which allows the consumer to refuel gasoline with up to 15% Methanol, without any need to change and/or adjust the vehicle. M15 is less polluting and cheaper which will bring environmental and economic benefits.
Dor's activity involving the use of Methanol as an alternative clean fuel arouses great international interest, which led to the diplomatic visit, which included a day of meetings in Jerusalem with government officials and representatives of Dor group together with Dor's Chairman, Mr. Gil Dankner. The visit included the power station in Eilat which was converted as part of a cooperative agreement between Dor and the Israeli Electricity Company (IEC) to use Methanol as a cleaner alternative to diesel fuel.
In addition, the diplomatic mission visited Dor's site in the Haifa Bay where an extensive tour of the site was conducted, along with an explanation of the nature of industrial activity which is now facing forward and includes innovative technology which is at the forefront of the energy substitutes area.
Dor's Chairman, Gil Dankner said that "projects which are on the agenda for cooperation with the federal government in Nigeria have a very broad scale, which can bring about the most significant positive change in the Nigerian economy, will create numerous jobs and huge savings on import products".
After the visit, a gala dinner took place attended by the Minister and his entourage, chairman of Dor, Gil Dankner and representatives of the Dor group, engineering planning department manager Mr. Zvika Stag, with Zahi Maman and Boris Tzodnobski from the division of engineering projects and business development in the IEC.