Femi Adi/KadunaAhmadu Bello University
Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria has concluded the process of building a prototype refinery as part of its contribution to cushioning the hardship faced in the country by incessant shortage of petroleum products.
Vice Chancellor of ABU, Professor Ibrahim Garba, who disclosed this during a press briefing ahead of the ABU 38th Convocation Ceremony which comes up on 29th and 30th January 2016, said the prototype refinery when fully equipped and functional can assist the government in contributing to the refining of petroleum products in the country.
The Vice Chancellor also revealed that the refinery was conceived and built to function at one million barrel per day production capacity as a model which can be developed to function in higher capacity.
“Our Chemical department has established a Mini Refinery that can produce relatively small quantity of petroleum, and that process has gone far.
“Related to that, there is a sponsored research by Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), to develop some kinds of material called Zeolite.
“It is a mineral component that is used in the refining of petroleum to create Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Diesel, Kerosene and other petroleum products from crude oil,” Professor Garba explained.
While noting that Nigeria imports that material with a lot of billions of dollars for the refineries that are even working at half capacity, the VC equally disclosed that ABU researchers were challenged with the project and so far the university has succeeded in developing a locally produced zeolite from locally sourced choline material.
He further hinted that the feat has received already a patent certificate from the Federal Government of Nigeria and PTDF.
He added that the project is going into the next development phase of testing to attain international standard.
Professor Garba also revealed that the mechanical engineering department has produced …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper