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Thursday, January 28, 2016

ABU Zaria develops mini refinery


The Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, has disclosed that the institutions Chemical department has developed a mini refinery, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking at the wake of the 38th convocation ceremony of ABU slated for Friday, 29 and Saturday 30, Prof. Garba said the prototype refinery was built to function at 'one 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 products, and that process has gone far. Related to that, there is a sponsored research by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) to develop some kinds of material called Zeolite. It is a mineral component that is Aused in refining crude oil to create Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Diesel, Kerosene and other petroleum products. It will interest you to know that Nigeria imports that material with a lot of billions of dollars for our refineries that are even working in half capacity.

"We are challenged with that project, and so far, the university has succeeded in developing a locally- produced zeolite from locally- sourced choline material. This has received, already, a parted certificate from the Federal Government and the PTDF has the property right and the project is going into the next development of testing again to meet international standard."

Also, Prof. Garba revealed that the Mechanical and Engineering Department has produced a prototype car which has even won an award in South Africa and Netherlands.

The business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, he said, would deliver the 38th convocation lecture on Friday at the Samaru main campus of the institution, while the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, will be the chairman of the occasion.

An estimated 13,149 students, he said, would participate in the convocation while 4,598 postgraduate students will get higher degrees. 

Isaac Oyimah/GEE

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