The Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, will soon unveil its 20,000 capacity indigenous refinery it built with locally sourced materials.
Vice Chancellor of FUPRE, Prof Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, disclosed in Warri that he was optimistic that the refinery would be completed on no distant time, adding that inadequate funding hindered the project, which was conceived in 2018.
The VC said work on the refinery was ongoing and that the boiler units had been completed, while work was ongoing on the atmospheric and vacuum distillation units.
“The refinery is 100 per cent indigenous, which means that the design and everything that goes into it is 100 per cent fabricated in the university. FUPRE will not purchase any part from anywhere.
“Its design and the boiler unit have been completed. The next stage is the construction of the atmospheric distillation and vacuum distillation units,” he added.
Rim-Rukeh, who presented his performance scorecard to journalists, said the university had made great strides in its academic programmes, Information and Communications Technology and infrastructure development, provision of resource materials, healthcare and improved relationship with host communities, among others.
“As an innovative and research-intensive university, we are aggressively pursuing socially impactful research activities with utility value and practical application. To this end, the university had developed a policy on research and direction.
He also disclosed that the university recently won a N40m research grant from the Central Bank of Nigeria to manufacture MedLink, an innovative remote medical device and verbally programmable interactive remote patient monitoring device that physicians could use to monitor patients outside hospitals.
“The device measures blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, electrocardiography, body temperature and respiratory data.
“Despite the successes, FUPRE was facing challenges in infrastructure, non-release of take-off grant by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, non-implementation of the FUPRE Act and inadequate funding,” he said.
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