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Design, Fabrication and Testing of fast Pyrolysis Unit for the Production of Bio-Oil

Editor(s): Ogbonna Joel, Onyewuchi Akaranta
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This edition of Research & Innovation, presents a novel technique for the production of bio-oil. The study designed, fabricated and operated a reactor which used fast pyrolysis to produce bio-oil from Nigerian sawdust. The edition also presents i-Test, a well test interpretation software developed by a start-up, PetroDecision, incorporated by an Alumnus of the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS), University of Port Harcourt (UniPort), who is now a student of CEFOR.

In capacity building, CEFOR conducted an international NREP safety certification for the current set of PhD students. CEFOR also hosted a PTDF scholarship interview.

The ultra-modern World Bank ACE-CEFOR building was commissioned on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, by the Honourable Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu who was represented by the Executive Secretary (ES) of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Professor
Abubakar Rasheed, mni, MFR, FNAL. The ES praised CEFOR UniPort for making Nigeria proud as the only Center that has graduated over 30 PhDs. The ViceChancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ndowa Lale, thanked Dr. Egbert Imomoh, the Executive
Chairman of Afren Limited for initiating the project which the World Bank ACE-CEFOR took over, completed and furnished. In her address, the representative of the World
Bank, Aisha Mohammed, disclosed that the Bank provided the grant for the Centers as proof of the importance it placed on promoting quality education in Africa. She commended the University for being outstanding in making the best of the support by the World Bank.

This edition also features the launching of the book: Internationalisation of Higher Education in Nigeria, a book which documents how the University of Port
Harcourt leveraged on Nigerian scholars from the Diaspora to expand the knowledge economy. It is an example of global best practice of the benefits of brain gain in the development of African higher education institutions.
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World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence for Oilfield Chemicals Research (ACE-CEFOR), UniPort

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