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STAKEHOLDERS SAY 60% NIGERIA’S PETROCHEMICAL OPPORTUNITIES WASTING-BUSINESS DAY, MON, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013

Nigeria is said to be scratching the surface, leaving over 60 percent of its opportunities and resources in the petrochemical resource chamber unexploited even as time runs out on their industrial relevance.

This is as the much touted multi-billion dollar investment plans by new investors in refining and petrochemical plants have been stalled by massive oil theft disrupting flow of crude to the upland.

To add to the gloom of petrochemical and refining engineers that attended the sensitive international conference on Petroleum and petrochemicals sub-sector in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, August 28 and 29, 2013, the possible implementation kingpins were absent.

The international conference series with specific action plan is the brainchild of Africa’s renowned professor of petrochemical engineering and World Bank Fellow of many years standing, Godwin Igwe, who is also director, Center for Gas, Refining and Petrochemicals at the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS), University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).

Some of the resource persons expressed disgust, wondering why no one capable of making decisions right from the presidency, the minister of petroleum resources, to the state governors, was present to listen to some of the steps needed to create a viable economy from the downstream, especially the petrochemical sub-sector.

Most experts that looked at strategies such as creating wealth through Diversification, Transformation, and Development of our  refineries and Petrochemical Industries; Fuel Subsidy in Nigeria: An Historical Perspective; Economic Growth on the Back of the Petrochemicals’ Sector; Realising Nigeria’s Petrochemicals Potentials, Opportunities and Challenges of Entrepreneurs on Sustainable Refinery and Petrochemical Products, etc, agreed that current efforts at exploiting the industry were not more than 40 percent of where Nigeria should be.

They pointed at the collapse of all the petrochemical plants built long ago including that in Warri (together with a refinery), in Kaduna and the Eleme Petrochemical, saying it was sad that it took a company from Indonesia (Indorama) to come in and in six steady years has put the plants to productive use with huge profits in Nigeria.

The top level experts looked dumfounded after listening to the success story of Indorama, wondering what Nigeria must be wasting, losing and missing in the sector.

Some of the experts who have been pouring out their brains with exciting suggestions and ideas that changed the economies of other nations include Reginald C. Stanley, executive secretary of PPPRA; Umar B. Binder, DG/CEO, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Federal Ministry of Science and Technology; Sunny E. Iyuke, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, etc.

Iyuke spoke much on ‘Wealth Creation through Diversification and transformation in the Education and Skills Development for the Refinery and Petrochemical Sector’.

 

It was agreed that Nigeria cannot continue to export crude at low prices and import finished products at high rates. One of the resource persons regretted that all those in the hall were men with the ideas while none of those with the capacity to approve the ideas was present.

 UNIPORT ORGANIZES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PETROLEUM REFINING, PETROCHEMICALS-BUSINESS DAY, Aug 22, 2013

The forthcoming second International Conference on Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals being organized by the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in collaboration with Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited (IEPL), a world class company, is attracting distinguished personalities in the nation’s oil and gas industry.

 

The event, already endorsed by Diezani Alison-Madueke, minister of Petroleum Resources, is holding at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, on 28th and 29th August, 2013. The theme of the conference is “Creating wealth through diversification, transformation and development of our refineries and petrochemical industries.” H. Odein Ajumogobia, former minister of State for Petroleum Resources, has accepted to be a special guest and would deliver a goodwill message. Former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), T.M. John is a keynote speaker. He will give an address on the conference theme.

A statement issued by Godwin Igwe, a professor and executive conference chairman, and director of the Centre for Gas, Refining and Petrochemicals of UNIPORT, said that one of the lead paper presenters will be John Erinne, immediate past President of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. He will tackle the area of “Realising Nigeria’s Petrochemicals Potentials.READ MORE..


 

AJUMOGOBIA, BASSEY-EWA TO SPEAK AT PETROLEUM REFINING CONFERENCE- Tue Aug 27 ,2013

 

 

 

 

Former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, and Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Bassey-Ewa, are among top experts that oil and gas industry experts that have indicated interest to attend the forthcoming 2nd International Conference on Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals.

The event is being organised by the University of Port Harcourt (UniPort) in collaboration with Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited (IEPL), a world-class company.

The event, which holds August 28 to 29 at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, was endorsed by Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. READ MORE

 

 MORE VIPS TO ATTEND UNIPORT'S INT'L PETROLEUM REFINING AND PETROCHEMICALS CONFERENCE-
Manufacturing Today, Mon. Aug 12,2013

More distinguished Personalities in the Nation's oil and gas industry have indicated interest to attend the forthcoming 2nd international conference on Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals being organised by the University of Port Harcourt in collaboration with Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited (IEPL), a world class company.

The event already endorsed by Diezani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources is holding at the hotel presidential, Port-Harcourt on the 28th and 29th August 2013. The theme of the conference is, "Creating wealth through Diversification, Transformation and Development of our refineries".

Former Minister of State for  Petroleum Resources, H. Odein Ajumogobia has accepted to be a special guest and would deliver a goodwill message. Former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, T.M.Okon is a keynote speaker. He will address the theme of the conference,"creating wealth through Diversification, Transformation and Development of our Refineries and Petrochemicals Industry.

 

UNIPORT HOLDS GLOBAL STANDARD CONFERENCE ON OIL AND GAS-
SATURDAY NEWSWATCH, Aug 17, 2013

The University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state in collaboration with Indorama Eleme Petrochemical Limited (IEPL) a world class company, is set to host the 2nd International Conference on Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals.

Numerous important dignitaries have already indicated interest to attend the conference.

The event already endorsed by the Minister of petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke is holding at the hotel presidential, Port Harcourt on August 28th and 29th, 2013.

The theme of the conference is 'Creating wealth through Diversification, Transformation and Development of our Refineries and Petrochemical Industries'.

The Former Minister of State for  Petroleum Resources, H. Odein Ajumogobia has accepted to be a special guest and would deliver a goodwill message. Also a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. T. M. John will deliver the keynote address. He will address the theme of the conference.

A statement issued by Prof. Godwin J. Igwe, the executive conference chairman and Director of the Centre for Gas, Refining and Petrochemicals, UNIPORT said that one of the lead paper presenters will be Engr. N. John Erinne, the immediate past President of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. He will handle the area of "Realizing Nigeria's Petrochemicals Potentials".

Dr Oluwole Oluleye, the executive secretary of the Petroleum development Trust Fund (PTDF) has also accepted to be a special guest and will deliver a goodwill message. Minister of science and Technology, Prof. Ita Bassey-Ewa has also accepted to attend the conference. Some other top experts are also attending the conference from the United states and South Africa.

 

DIEZANI TO SPEAK ON REFINERIES PROSPECTS – DAILYTRUST

The Centre for Gas, Refining and Petrochemicals    (CGRP) of the University of Port Harcourt in collaboration with Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals has concluded arrangements to hold its 2nd international conference on petroleum refining and chemicals.

The event comes up between August 28th and 29th at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, Rivers State under the theme, “Creating wealth through diversification, transformation and development of our refineries and petrochemical industries”.

Director of the Centre for Gas, Refining and Petrochemicals (CGRP) of the university, Professor Godwin Igwe, said Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has endorsed the conference…….READ MORE

DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE, MINISTER OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES, ENDORSES UNIPORT'S PETROLEUM, REFINING AND PETROCHEMICALS CONFAB-GUARDIAN NEWS 

DIEZANI Alison-Madueke, Minister of petroleum resources, has endorsed the forthcoming 2nd international conference on petroleum refining and petrochemicals being organized by the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, in collaboration with Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals. The conference is scheduled to hold at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, from August 28 to 29. It has four sub-themes namely: Need to develop the non-fuel downstream sector; opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs on sustainable refinery and petrochemical products; funding indigenous research and development in developing countries; and economic growth on the back of the petrochemicals sector.

The minister’s endorsement was communicated to the organisers after she was briefed about the elaborate plans to hold the world-class conference for which many international scholars and project experts have also offered to deliver papers..READ MORE

  

 

 

MON, MAY 02, 2013

Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals and Centre for Gas and Petrochemicals,UNIPORT Presents-PORT HARCOURT 2013..Holding on 28th and  29th August, 2013..      READ MORE..


 

 

WED, APRIL 24,2013

Admission is currently on for the 2013/2014 session into the M.Sc. Petroleum Refining  Petrochemicals Engineering Programme..Aptitude test holds on 4th September, 2013..      READ MORE..

UNIPORT APPOINTS IEPL MD TO GOVERNING BOARD OF CGRP-
Mon July 15,2013

The University of Port Harcourt has appointed Mr. Manish Mundra, Managing Director of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited as a member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Gas, Refining and Petrochemicals (CGRP).

This appointment is in recognition of his outstanding business leadership that has been evidenced in the swift and positive impact in the new Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals, and the steady march towards making Nigeria the largest Petrochemicals hub of Africa.

A letter to the Managing Director dated 26th April 2013 and signed by Professor Joseph Ajienka, Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, stated: "For your business leadership and technological skills in turning the Nigeria's Eleme petrochemicals industry in such a short time, the University of Port Harcourt is very pleased to offer and appoint you as a Member of Governing Board of the Centre of Gas, Refining and petrochemicals.."

The appointment has been greeted with elation by the University community and the Petrochemicals industry. Experts believe it has further enhanced the burgeoning reputation of Indorama's operation in Nigeria.