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  • COREN Gets New President

    Posted 2019-05-08 10:29:44 by: ENG Team

    COREN GETS A NEW PRESIDENT The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) at its Extra Ordinary Council Meeting held on the 18th of April, 2019 elected Engr. Ali A. Rabiu, FNSE as the President of COREN. Engr. Ali A Rabiu FNSE takes over from Engr. Kashim A. Ali, FNSE, FAEng, NPOM mni who served two term as President of COREN from April 2013 - April 2019.  Engr. Ali A. Rabiu, FNSE who was born on the 24th of April, 1963 in Lafia Nassarawa State attended Bayero University in Kano State from where he obtained a Bachelor Degree and an MBA in Civil Engineering. He is a COREN  registered engineer and a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (FNICE), Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Member, Nigerian Water & Sanitation Association (MNIWASA), Member, Association of Consulting Engineers, Nigeria (ACEN) among others. For his many contributions to the Community and his novel works in his home State Nssarawa, he was honoured with the traditional title of Cigarin Lafia by HRH, Alh. Isa Mustapha Agwai 1, the Emir of Lafia. He is a recipient of various professional awards and recognitions. He has held some key positions such as: Member, Presidential Monitoring Team on DFRRI Rural Water and Sanitation Programme, Sokoto and Kebbi States, Consultant/Member, House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on the investigation of flooding of the Goronyo Dam, Sokoto State, Member, Governing Council, Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi, Kano State. Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Kano Branch, Chairman, Technical Committee to assess the damages/loses caused by Fire outbreak at Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano State to mention but few. Engr. Rabiu’s has a robust professional career in engineering spanning over 30 years where he has served in various administrative and managerial capacities in the public and private sector, some of which ...

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  • OAU to Partner SPENC on Petroleum Related Courses.

    Posted 2019-04-11 15:05:41 by: ENG Team

    OAU to Partner SPENC on Petroleum Related Courses. The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University have expressed readiness to partner with the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council on petroleum related courses.  This was made known by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede while declaring open the 17th edition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council’s Students Technical Symposium and Exhibition 2019 themed:  Big Data & Digitalization Technologies, Strategic Agents of the Future Energy Industry. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the society for choosing Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, as venue for this year conference, saying that Nigeria is an oil and gas producing and exporting country and as a leading university in Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University wants to move forward and lead in the petroleum industry.  This desire has therefore made it imperative for the institution to partner the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council. Earlier, while receiving the officials of the association who paid him courtesy call, the Vice-Chancellor informed the guests that it has become a policy of the university to deemphasise the idea of theoretical teaching in the University, saying focus is now on practicals by bringing in people who are on the field to come and impart practical experiences on the students.  He continued that the university is also encouraging students in entrepreneurship so that they can be self employed.  “We want to expose them to practicals of what they have been learning in the university.  OAU was the first institution to have Department of Chemical Engineering in the country but does not have Petroleum Engineering.  We are now ready to have something related to it so that Obafemi Awolowo University can contribute her own quota to the development of the petroleum industry.  I have instructed the Head, Department of Chemical Engineering to do ...

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  • Climate Change; Renewables Better Than Carbon Capture?

    Posted 2019-04-10 11:28:09 by: ENG Team

    Renewables better for climate change than carbon capture Jack Unwin.   A team of international researchers has found that investing in wind turbines, solar panels and energy storage is better for addressing climate change than capturing carbon from fossil fuel power stations. The researchers calculated the energy output for fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas stations and compared the results with the energy return on wind, solar, hydropower and energy storage. The results showed that the best examples of carbon capture only compare to the worst-case scenarios for renewables. According to the researchers, from Lancaster University, Khalifa University, Clemson University, UiT - The Arctic University and the University of Florence, this is due to net energy losses from installing and operating carbon capture technology. This results in a reduced net energy output for fossil fuel power stations with carbon capture. Lancaster University senior lecturer in energy storage and system dynamics Dr Denes Csala said: “It is more valuable, energetically, to invest the available energy resources directly into building new renewable energy and storage capacity rather than building new fossil-fuel power stations with carbon capture. “The better net energy return of investing in renewable energy makes it more likely to meet emission targets without risking a reduction in energy availability, due to dwindling fossil fuel supplies and a climate-constrained emissions budget. “Given its net energy disadvantages, carbon capture and storage should be considered a niche and supplementary contributor to the energy system, rather than be seen as a critical technology option as current climate agreements view it.” The research is a world-first to compare these technologies using net energy analysis and it is outlined in the paper ‘Comparative net energy analysis of renewable electricity and carbon capture and storage’, published ...

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  • Shell beats Total and Exxon Mobil for Top Industry Award

    Posted 2019-04-09 11:04:52 by: ENG Team

    Shell Emerges Nigeria’s Most Impactful Local Content Company. L-R: Managing Director, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor (right) receiving the International Oil Company with the Most Impactful Local Content Initiatives in the Upstream Category Award from the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote. Shell Companies in Nigeria have emerged the International Oil Company with the most impactful Local Content Initiatives in the upstream category at the 2019 edition of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair (NOGOF) held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on April 4, 2019. Shell beat other competitors, Total and Exxon Mobil to the second and third positions respectively at the 2nd edition of the fair organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr. Simbi Wabote, who presented the award, singled out Shell Companies in Nigeria for exemplary support to local vendors and suppliers in the oil and gas industry, which, he said, enabled greater participation of Nigerians in the service value chain. Receiving the award, Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, described the recognition as an important acknowledgement for the impressive work Shell companies continue to do in Nigeria content development. He said, “This award is a strong recognition of our leadership in the Nigerian content development space. Nigerian content development remains a very important step in our growth aspiration as Shell Companies in Nigeria roll out the next phase of major projects.” Shell’s Nigerian Content Development Manager, Olanrewaju Olawuyi, described the NOGOF award as well-earned given the pioneering initiatives and strides by Shell companies in ...

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  • Kachikwu Advocates for Home Based Conferences as Over 1000 Delegates Attend NOGOF 2019

    Posted 2019-04-09 10:38:44 by: ENG Team

    NOGOF 2019. NCDMB lists 80 opportunities worth $100bn, FG to create network, timelines for identified projects, Communities to form cooperatives for Modular Refineries. The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu has offered reasons why he stopped attending Oil and Gas conferences abroad, describing the huge attendance of Nigerian population at International conferences as a waste and not beneficial to the sector. According to Kachukwu, though with his 25 years in Exxon Mobil and ChevronTexaco he had attended many International Oil trade conferences, his last attendance of oil and Gas Conference was in 2017 in Texas, United State where he noticed the huge population in attendance don’t make presentation but used the opportunities for holidays and Shopping’s. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, while speaking in Yenagoa at the 2019 Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair hosted by the Nigerian Development, Content and Monitoring Board (NDCMB), said the decision generated controversy among foreign media, it has paid off with the two editions of oil and Gas conferences in Nigeria. According to Kachukwu,” In 2017, in Houston, Texas, I told the world press that this was going to be my last attendance at Oil and Gas conferences. It generated lots of noise and controversy. But in my 25years in the industry, I have spent lots of times going to oil conferences. I just figured that we have gotten to a point where we had lots of Nigerian population attendance and most of our delegates never went to presentations. They spend good tome on holidays and return back home. ” “And when I attended in 2017, just after being made Minister, it was my last. And I said there was the need to develop conferences for Nigeria and Africa. Now, we have had two editions and they were successful. ” The Minister commended the management of the Nigerian Development, Content and Monitoring Board (NDCMB) ...

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  • FibreNet by MTN

    Posted 2019-04-09 10:18:21 by: ENG Team

    MTN Unveils New Product “Fibrenet” MTN Nigeria has launched its FibreNet product and services in Abuja using CITEC estate as its pilot. Auwal Abdullahi, MTN senior manager Enterprise Business in the North, said the decision to start with the estate “was borne out of the fact that CITEC is one of the biggest estate in Abuja with close to about 3,000 residents“  About FibreNet (By Auwal Abdullahi) FibreNet known as fibre-to-home is a cable connection unlike the conventional wireless GSM mobile connection which makes it to be “highly scalable, and highly resilient. The speed of internet either on 3G or 4G is always in the neighbour of 7 to 70mbps but with the fibre-to-home you are likely to enjoy up to 700mbps. With the FibreNet Product the 3,000 residents of CITEC are assured of reliable and affordable internet, which is highly subsidized for its users. Abdullahi stressed that “once we are successful, we can actually replicate this in virtually all the estates in Abuja, adding that there are plans to spread it across the ...

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  • The Currency of the Future is Coding - AFDB President; Adesina

    Posted 2019-04-08 11:41:35 by: ENG Team

    “Coding must be compulsory, at all levels. The currency of the future is going to be coding…We must democratize technology,” Adesina tells Mo Ibrahim Governance Week. African Development Bank President Adesina, on Friday, pleaded for Africans to embrace technology, and governments to urgently move away from “investing in the jobs of the past, but rather in the jobs of the future. A future that is just around the corner.” Adesina was addressing a debate entitled: The New Tech Era: Job-killer or Job-creator? organised by Africa Report and Jeune Afrique as part of the 2019 Mo Ibrahim Governance Week. The debate took place in the Sofitel Hotel in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. “The people who control data, will control Africa. Coding must be compulsory, at all levels. The currency of the future is going to be coding,” Adesina said. “Information technology must not be the exclusive privilege of the elite, we must democratize technology,” he added. Panelists included Pascal Lamy, board Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and past Director-General of the World Trade Organization; Eric Kacou, an Ivorian businessman and co-founder of ESP Solutions; Chioma Agwuegbo, a Nigerian tech specialist and Zyad Liman, publishing director of Afrique Magazine. In his welcome remarks, Mo Ibrahim urged the panelists to think about ways to address the “tsunami of young people entering the job market.” In response to that call to action, Kacou insisted on the need for “a change in mindset to move from BBC or Born Before Computers to rethinking education to teach people how to learn and help them solve problems.” Panellists acknowledged the critical role the tech industry can play in Africa’s economic transformation through the continent’s digitization. However, they agreed on the urgent need to upgrade the skills of the past, to do it fast, and move away from the social fear ...

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  • Zero Gas Flare Regime

    Posted 2019-04-08 10:26:20 by: ENG Team

    NNPC Expresses Commitment to Zero Gas Flare Regime ... Urges HOSTCOM to Curb Menace of Pipeline Vandalism, Crude Oil Theft.   The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has expressed its commitment to a zero gas flare regime for every new gas project, even as it trains its sights on commercializing existing gas flare projects for the benefits of the host communities and Country at large. Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated this while receiving in audience the national leadership of Host Communities of Nigeria (HOSTCOM) led by its National chairman, High Chief Benjamin Style Tamaranebi, at the NNPC Towers in Abuja. Dr. Baru assured HOSTCOM that NNPC would continue to partner the various host communities to enable them benefit maximally from exploitation of the nation’s hydrocarbon resources. Dr. Baru said that the corporation would make sure that no new gas project would be approved without zero gas flare modalities, stressing that for already existing gas flare projects, the NNPC was exploring various options to commercialize the gas flare with a view to eliminating it. The GMD commended HOSTCOM for restoring sanity to the Niger Delta region, saying the relative peace had given operators the leverage to concentrate on production for the benefit of the national economy. “I want to thank the Oba of Benin for midwifing HOSTCOM and the traditional rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMCON). For us as operators, we will continue to dialogue with the bodies so as to create enabling operating environment for the business and for the communities,” Dr. Baru stated. He urged HOSTCOM, as a pan cultural organization, to partner with NNPC in stemming the incessant pipeline vandalism, illegal refineries and illegal crude oil bunkering in the Niger Delta, adding that the elimination of those vices would reduce to the barest level, incidences of environmental pollutions. The NNPC ...

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  • Bronze Win for Nigeria at World Tech Festival.

    Posted 2019-04-08 10:03:14 by: ENG Team

    STEM; Nigerian Students Win Bronze At World Tech Festival. Project; Adaptable Alternative Power Supply for Sub-Saharan Africa.  our students from St John’s Science and Technical College, Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State have won the Bronze Medal at the International Festival of Engineering, Science and Technology which took place in Tunisia. The 9-day festival which took place in Monastir, Tunisia from 21- 29th March this year was organized for students aged between 14-24 years from 40 countries and featured a scientific competition in different areas aimed at developing the innovative skills of young scientists and encouraging them to apply their imagination and creativity in solving problems in their environment. To clinch the Bronze Medal, Ugwuishi Meshack Ogonna, Chuka-Umeora Onyedika Anthony, Nwachukwu Chukwualuka Daniel and Machi Chukwuagozie Dominic squared up to a stiff challenge from technologically advanced countries like Canada, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, China, Sweden, Ukraine, Malaysia, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Indonesia, Tunisia South Africa etc. The Anambra Boys were only bested by Daniil Sharoykin from Belarus who won the Gold Medal with a quality water control equipment and a representative of another country who won silver in the competition. The Bronze Boys of Anambra achieved their remarkable feat with a device they called the Adaptable Alternative Power Supply for Sub-Saharan Africa. The device is an electric inverter with a solar panel that enables it to absorb energy from the sun, warehouse the energy in inverter and subsequently distribute it in households and offices as the case may be. The exploits of the Bronze Boys came barely seven months after five school girls from Regina Celi Secondary School Onitsha won the Gold Medal at the world technovation fair in San Francisco, USA. These victories stems from the state governments drive to push science subjects to the fore and is a call ...

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  • Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2019/2020 Now Open for Applications

    Posted 2019-03-29 10:38:22 by: ENG Team

    Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2019/2020. The 2019/2020 Africa Prize is now  The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through an eight-month period of training and mentoring. Following this period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.     How to apply - Africa Prize The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is now OPEN for applications and will close on 22 July 2019, 4pm BST. All applications must be submitted via the online grants system, applicants should ensure they read the guidance notes before submitting their application.   (You must first register an account, which you will be prompted to do)   Eligibility If you would like to know more or are interested in being involved please contact the  To be eligible: Applicants must be individuals or small groups. Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa. For teams of two or more, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within sub-Saharan Africa. The innovation must be based in a country in sub-Saharan Africa.  Applicants must have an engineering innovation, though are not required to be an engineering graduate or student. Applicants must provide a letter of support from a university or research institution, this can be as simple as stating an individual studied at that institution. If applicants are not affiliated with a university, another document proving the status of your organisation or innovation, such as a ...

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