Abuja - Shell Petroleum Development Company aims to build platforms to empower local youth through its Research and Development Projects.
According to a publication made available to CAJ News, the Research and Development Programme seeks to leverage on the capacity in Nigerian universities to conduct Research and Development studies and thus enable select universities (Shell Chair institutions) to become platforms for effective training and development of future energy and petroleum recruits.
According to the company, in 1996, Shell began an initiative that would enable experts, particularly the Shell Professors, from various disciplines in Nigerian universities to help in providing solutions to the company’s exploration and production challenges through Research and Development projects.
“Such challenges had previously been referred to research laboratories in Europe and the United States for resolution. Under this programme, Shell invests in the development of research facilities in relevant disciplines in these universities, and also provides funds for the payment of research personnel. The programme seeks to leverage on the available capacity in Nigerian universities to conduct R&D studies, and thus enable select universities (Shell Chair institutions) to become not just centres for resolving E&P challenges, but also platforms for effective training and development of future E&P recruits,” Shell stated.
The document listed some Research and Development Programme studies conducted to include the search of evidence for hydrocarbon induced magnetic anomalies in the Niger Delta Province - a cost saving approach to finding prospects- locating by-passed oil and enhanced definition of prospects using rock properties, reservoir petrophysical parameters and 4D seismic in two fields, hazardous air pollutants in urban, rural and industrial areas and development of a realistic simulation model for the Diebu Creek E1000X reservoir.
– CAJ News