The Institute of Oil & Gas Research & Hydrocarbon Studies (IOGRHS) held the Commonwealth Oil & Gas Induction “Abuja 2019” with the theme “Hydrocarbon Contaminated Areas & Exploration of the Use of Coconut Fibres for Remediation & Clean-up” on Friday December 13 2019 at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory by 4PM prompt as planned. Hydrocarbon Enterprise Research Fellow, Council Member, Vice Chairman and Fellow of the Institute of Oil & Gas Research & Hydrocarbon Studies (IOGRHS), Dr. Ahmad Galadima was the Lead Speaker. The Vice Chairman emphasized that Nigeria is one of the leading global countries bestowed with huge reserves of oil and gas which has increased from 17 bbls (barrels) and 42.70 tcf (trillion cubic feet) in 1980 to 37.22 bbls and 187 tcf in 2018, respectively. He said the oil and gas sector has accounted for more than 95% of Nigeria’s export and that between 2017 and 2018 the Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reported an earning of $75 Billion – 27 Trillion Naira of accumulated revenues from oil and gas exports. The Research Fellow mentioned that environmental pollution remained a tragedy and that the non-ideal parameters such as vandalism, sabotages, tanker collision, corrosion damages and crude oil releases from poorly contaminated pipelines have posed serious pollution problems, particularly in the oil rich Niger Delta Region. He revealed that between 1976 and 2016 more than 12,000 (twelve thousand) oil spill incidents occurred in the Niger Delta region. He mentioned that the Federal Government of Nigeria has developed, reviewed and applied several policies and strategies toward ending the pollution problems in the oil producing areas, including the present commitment of $1Billion for the Ogoniland clean-up exercise, etc. Ahmed Said the emergence of coconut fibres as potential low-cost feedstock for oil spill handling provides an opportunity worthy of advance exploration. Contributors to the Lecture include but not limited to the following:
(A) Dr. Musa Zagi, a top management member of Nigeria’s Petroleum Regulatory Agency: Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Head of Safety Health & Environment attended this year’s Commonwealth Oil & Gas Induction Programme and highlighted the challenges of petroleum polluted soil in the oil and gas exploration, development and production space and agreed that there is the need to explore the use of coconut fibres for remediation of crude oil impacted sites. Dr. Zagi who has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Biochemistry and Toxicology said that remediation of crude oil impacted areas is a technical exercise and further research must be conducted and experimentation carried out to ascertain the effectiveness of this idea. Dr. Zagi is also the Chairman of the Conference Planning & Management Committee of the 19th HSE International Biennial Conference and a Fellow of the Institute of Oil & Gas Research & Hydrocarbon Studies with specialization in Strategic Management.
(B) Engr. Victor Amorha, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Savic Company Ltd, an Oil & Gas Engineering Services Company, mentioned that the issues of crude oil impacted sites should be treated with all the seriousness it deserves. Engr. Amorha said he has first-hand experience and has seen the devastating effect of petroleum polluted soil having worked with the Exxonmobil in various capacities, i.e Planning Engineer, Project Engineer, Chief Engineer and some point the Construction Manager. This Chartered Engineer is a Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Oil & Gas Research & Hydrocarbon Studies with specialization in Engineering Project Management. His Company executes structural & civil engineering project; drafting and electrical engineering service delivery; HSE programme implementation; mechanical engineering and project management, etc.
(C) Engr. Ukpaka Peter, an erudite Professor in the Department of Chemical & Petrochemical Engineering, Rivers State University, Portharcourt, Nigeria discussed the many environmental troubles that has developed as a result of the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons, particularly in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. Prof. Peter, whose major research interest is chemical and Biochemical Environmental engineering – Remediation Technology said exploration of the use of coconut fibres for remediation and clean-up is a good idea but the researchers should dig deeper as the issues are technical and requires both engineering and chemistry input for better result(s) to be achieved. Engr. Peter said as Niger Deltan and a Chemical & Petrochemical Engineer, he knows the issues. Prof. Peters holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Member of the Institute of Oil & Gas Research & Hydrocarbon Studies with specialization in Chemical Engineering.
The event was well attended by industry leaders, academics and professionals. Some staffers from the following organisations attended: – Eroton Exploration & Production Company Ltd – Springrock Energy Ltd- Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) – Engineering Automation Technology Ltd – Shell Petroleum Development Company Ltd – National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) – Petroleum Equalisation Fund (Management) Board (PEF(M)B) – University of Lagos (UNILAG) – AB Offshore Marine Services Ltd – Edo State University Iyahmo – Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources – Admiralty University of Nigeria (AUN) – Well Energy Ltd – Gemeds Engineering Ltd – Rivers State University (RSU) – Bicens Resources Ltd – Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) – Nigeria Industrial & Domestic Gas Company (NIDOGAS) – MJS Maritime Services Ltd – Lighthouse Petroleum Engineering Ltd – Mate Energy Industries Ltd – University of Africa (UNIAFRICA) – Belema Oil Producing Ltd – Aero Contractors Company Ltd – Anjivin Integrated Solutions Ltd – Halliburton Energy Services Ltd, etc.
Please find below some of the photographs taken at the event: