The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria says it has recorded major breakthroughs following researches it carried out in petrochemicals and automobile engineering.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, disclosed when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.
He said that the university, with the assistance of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), successfully developed a petroleum refining material called zeolite, using a kind of clay called kaolin.
According to him, zeolite, which is a natural mineral, can be used in refining petroleum products in the country.
He, however, said the mineral was not available in commercial quantity in the country.
“The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has commissioned a research to develop one kind of material that is used in petroleum refining which is called zeolite and there are two types.
“They found that if we can covert certain minerals to zeolite it will help.
“This research has succeeded in converting a clay mineral which is called kaolin to two types of zeolite which can be applicable to petroleum refining.
“The university has even received a patent certificate from former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“It is now ready to go into semi commercialisation to produce it in large quantity and that has been successful.
“PTDF is also ready to join hands with the Raw Material Research and Development Council(RMRDC) to take it to commercial scale.”
Garba also said that ABU had developed a mini-refinery in its Chemical Engineering Department to train prospective engineers in the practical aspect of petrochemical engineering.
He said the mini-refinery, which refines one barrel of crude oil per day, was built with the support of RMRDC.
“We also have what we call the Petroleum or petrochemical mini-refinery.
“We developed a small refinery that will refine one barrel of crude oil a day.
“We do not intend to refine petroleum for our own consumption, but because …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper