Acting Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Mr. Ahmed Aminu Galadima has flagged-off the 2014/2015 PTDF Research Peer Review Exercise for the PTDF Annual Research Grant Competition in Abuja.A  group of selected Professors  and Professionals in the industry known as “Subject Matter Experts” will in the course of the 2 days event critique the work of the researchers with a view to adding value to the  research output and provide a strong platform for knowledge sharing among industry practitioners and the academia.

Mr. Galadima  re-iterated the Fund’s commitment to adequately fund  all research proposals that are directly relevant to the oil and gas industry  “The research grant is aimed at fulfilling the mandate of the Fund to develop indigenous manpower and domicile oil and gas technology in Nigeria through effective engagement of local researchers in solving petroleum industry problems. This has proven to be the appropriate solution to the challenges of the industry. Useful research results with high potentials for gaining intellectual property rights and patents are key performance indicators of this program”.

He described this year’s session as a celebration of excellence and success with six (6) outstanding researches slated for peer review and two others that are proven to be commercially viable and suitable for patenting will be concluded during the exercise. The Fund, he said will commence the process of filing for intellectual property rights and patent at the Federal Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment while other research outcomes are crystallized into various publications as reference materials and repository  of knowledge to the industry, academia and the public.

“Today we are witnessing the first stage in the review process of the researches selected for the fifth series of the highly competitive Research grant competition. Six awardees got the grant which was based essentially on transparent selection procedures and processes established by the Fund. While two awardees were requested to extend their research to the pilot stage in order to improve the integrity and reliability of the products for possible commercialization. I am glad to inform you that the two researches extended have secured their intellectual property right and patent and three of the six awarded in this cycle have shown high prospects of achieving patent certification. This is a milestone achievement in the Fund’s drive to fulfill one of its primary mandates of sponsoring researches of relevance for the benefit of the Nigeria oil and gas industry in particular and the country at large”.

The Acting Executive Secretary commended the various research teams for their e high sense of duty and professionalism in the midst of various challenges experienced in the course of the project. He said the Fund will improve on its previous achievements as it puts in place adequate mechanism for the award of the 2015/2016 research grant.

The peer review exercise is a performance indicator analysis on the key deliverables of the research. The research grant awardees use the opportunity to submit their milestone achievements to the “subject matter experts” for critique and suggestions.

 The research topics under the 2014/2015 annual research competition are: “Evaluation and Control of Wax Deposition During Production of Crude Oil in an identified Niger – Delta Waxy Oilfield” to be undertaken by Prof. Godwin Chukwu; “Engineering Design and Production of Oil & Gas Facilities Using Plastic Reinforced with Plantain Fibers” by Prof. Christopher C. Ihueze; “Geochemical Evaluation and Mapping of the Potential Source Rock in Sokoto Basin in Nigeria” by Dr. Umar  Z. Faruq; “Development of Zeolite Catalyst for Light Alkaline Aromatization”by Dr. Abdulaziz Y. Atta; “Modeling Well – Burst Stability by Chemical Method: Niger – Delta a Case Study”by Prof. Ogbonna Joel; “Biodiesel Production from the Algae Chlorella Vulgaris Using Locally Formulated Growth Media” by Prof. Gideon Abu.