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FUNAI don develops corrosions management methods in oil industry

A PTDF researcher and associate Professor of Petroleum Microbiology/Microbiotechnology from the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State (FUNAI), Dr.Chuma Okoro, has developed the most cost effective method of managing souring and corrosion related problems in the global oil and gas industry.
Dr. Okoro, who made this known during his presentation at the 2014 PTDF/FUNAI Technology Knowledge Sharing Programme (TKSP), hosted by FUNAI, stated that the feat was achieved with the assistance of his research collaborators from the University of Calvary, Alberta, Canada.
The PTDF researcher stated that the method could also reduce the current cost of managing souring and corrosion related problems in Nigeria by 75 per cent, noting that this would save the oil and gas industries billions of dollars annually.
He said the research was based on accurate diagnoses of the problem by applying both culture independent and culture dependent methods using molecular approach to identify the major culprits in souring and corrosion, adding that the remediation approach, which is the cheapest in the industries so far, combines competitive utilization of selected organic nutrients with target action genes that shuts down metabolism of the problems causing microorganisms.
It would be record that Dr. Okoro, who secured a US Patent in 2012 to use his discovery, -‘Sea Water Microbial Inocula’, for remediation of oil pollution in mangrove swamp and shorelines, also won the 2011/2012 Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) oil and gas research grant awards.
The University don’s topic for the proposal that won the 2011/2012 PTDF award, -‘Development of Novel Technologies’ for ‘Diagnosing and Remediating Notable Microbial Problems associated with Oil Production in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry’, was in the Environmental Management and Protection category.
The Vice-Chancellor of FUNAI, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, in his opening speech, described the University’s hosting of the event as very historic because the University was playing host to the event for the first time, adding that it was a great honour for FUNAI to have hosted such a forum that brought together Science, Engineering and Technology Researchers in the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria and beyond.
Ibidapo-Obe, who lauded the PTDF’s intervention in funding standard research topics in areas of Renewable Energy and Oil and Gas, stressed that the PTDF had done marvelously well in the funding of research and training of Nigerians overseas to carry out research at Master’s and Doctoral levels, as well as in its institution of Chairs in various University in Nigeria.

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