Uniport to get N3Billion Gas Research Centre

Sam Kpenu


As part of the human capital  development programme of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Train 7 Project, over three billion naira (US$6m), has been set aside for the strengthening of the LNG and Gas Research Centre at the University of Port Harcourt. The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr Simbi Wabote, made this known when the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Stephen Okodudu, led Principal Officers of the University on a courtesy visit to the Board headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. “The NCDMB is a key stakeholder in the NLNG project and the Board is playing an active part in the determination of the Capacity Development Initiatives (CDI) from the project,” Wabote declared. “The essence of the investment in the University is to provide solutions to the Oil and Gas industry, equipping selected engineering laboratories and expansion of some facilities. The intervention would also train some lecturers to operate the facilities, as well as establish digital laboratories linked to simulations at the Centre,” he added. Engr Wabote hinted that under the Human Capital Development for the Bonga North West project by the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO), the sum of US$.70m had been set aside for the provision of subsea technology equipment and a 23-seater bus would be delivered to the University before the end of the third quarter of 2021.
In his remarks, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Stephen Okodudu commended the Board for the development and promotion of indigenous participation in the oil sector. He appreciated the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for the various capacity development interventions it had initiated in the University.
The NCDMB boss applauded the participation of Students of the University in the Science and Technology Innovation Challenge (STIC) being sponsored by the Board. 
Professor Okodudu sought for closer collaboration with NCDMB, particularly in Research and Development. He enumerated the research interests of the University, which he said could form the basis of strong partnership between the two institutions. 

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