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SPDC lifts University of Ibadan with subsurface studies

The University of Ibadan now has an ultra-modern subsurface research centre that

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) operated joint venture, has lifted the University of Ibadan (UI) with an ultra-modern subsurface research centre, reports ITRealms

The centre which has 15 fully-networked workstations, a high-end server complete with internet facilities and a standby 45-Kva generator among other facilities, ITRealms gathered would boost the development of top rate manpower for the nation’s oil and gas industry.

Handing over the centre, SPDC General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, said in Ibadan that SPDC- JV’s intervention is to turn around the subsurface centre of the university which was a careful choice to support the institution to deliver the next generation of technologies and skills that will help Nigeria to unlock more oil reserves.

“With all the modern facilities and promise of uninterrupted power supply, the centre has the capacity to showcase the potentials of oil and gas sector while attracting bright minds, and our hope is that students will make the best use of it,” Weli said.

Excited Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Abel Olayinka appreciated the contributions of the SPDC JV to education, especially to the geosciences and to University of Ibadan, particularly. 

“The facility will help the efforts of the university to recreate itself as a entre of excellence in geosciences training,” Prof. Olayinka said.

Further, ITRealms gathered that the subsurface centre is expected to usher in new levels of learning at the University of Ibadan and other institutions in southwestern Nigeria, as students and researchers could now access real-time information and connect with other learning centres anywhere around the world.

Just as the dearth of world class research institutions and limited access to technology is a key challenge in enabling Nigerians and Nigerian companies to play a greater role in the oil and gas value chain. SPDC JV therefore focuses on building capacity in key technical skills, for example donating equipment to universities to develop capability in the production of drilling mud. 

In 2012, ITRealms gathered that SPDC established a Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin, and is completing work on another centre on Marine Hydrodynamic at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu – Port Harcourt preparatory for commissioning later this year.


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Pix: L-R: Exploration Geoscientist, The Shell Petroleum Development Company, Dr. Adelola Adesida; Deputy Registrar, University of Ibadan, Mr Victor Adegoroye; Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Olayinka; SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Mr. Igo Weli; Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ambrose Aiyelari; and the Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. Anthony Onilude, at the inauguration of the university’s  SPDC JV Subsurface Centre in Ibadan, recently.

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