The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) holds the 2nd Annual Oil & Gas Research Grant Competition Seminar, with focal areas as: Oil & Gas; Management: Renewable. The objective of the event is as follow:
– To enhance the capacity of locally based researchers to conduct industry based research relating to the oil and gas technology development.
– To promote the retention of such capacity in-country.
– To promote the application of research results in solving industry problems and enhance sustainable development of the economy.
The GM, Strategic Planning and documentation, Jacqueline Guyil, told newsmen that the 2011-2013 research cycle was the main topic for discussion at the seminar. She said five research topics, with outstanding results and carried out in five tertiary institutions would be reviewed at the 2day event. She said the results of the research work will be available to industries that might need them.
Prof. Nuhu Obaje of Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, told our correspondent that the research reports would be co-opted industrial use, after the review. According to him, the research was more of industrial applicable research than academic. He revealed that some objectives of the work were to discover new technologies that will enhance optimization of oil exploration. He mentioned Apatide technology as one of them and can be used to monitor oil generation in the Chad basin. He said lack of interface between industries and researchers as the greatest constraint to the project.
The opening ceremony was performed by the Executive Secretary of PTDF, Dr. Oluwole Oluleye.
The five tertiary institutions that participated in the research are: Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Delta State University Abraka; Department of Petroleum/Gas Engineering, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Department of Geology, Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State and Niger Delta University, Bayelsa.