Below is the list of 8 Nigerian universities that offer petrochemical engineering courses, for students that wish to go into petrochemical engineering after their graduation in school.
But first, what is petrochemical engineering all about, it is expected that a student who wish to venture into this particular course must first know what the field is, know what the practitioners working in the field are doing, so lets discuss in brief what petrochemical engineering is all about before listing out the full list of schools that offer it in Nigeria.
What is Petrochemical Engineering
Petroleum engineering is a field of engineering concerned with the activities related to the production of hydrocarbons, which can be either crude oil or natural gas. Exploration and Production are deemed to fall within the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. Exploration, by earth scientists, and petroleum engineering are the oil and gas industry’s two main subsurface disciplines, which focus on maximizing economic recovery of hydrocarbons from subsurface reservoirs. Petroleum geology and geophysics focus on provision of a static description of the hydrocarbon reservoir rock, while petroleum engineering focuses on estimation of the recoverable volume of this resource using a detailed understanding of the physical behavior of oil, water and gas within porous rock at very high pressure.
The combined efforts of geologists and petroleum engineers throughout the life of a hydrocarbon accumulation determine the way in which a reservoir is developed and depleted, and usually they have the highest impact on field economics. Petroleum engineering requires a good knowledge of many other related disciplines, such as geophysics, petroleum geology, formation evaluation (well logging), drilling, economics, reservoir simulation, reservoir engineering, well engineering, artificial lift systems, completions and oil and gas facilities engineering.
PetroChemical Engineers don’t work in upstream, that is for Petroleum Engineers. You will work in the downstream sector, in refining and in petrochemicals industry such as the plastic industry and host of other chemicals derived from petroleum. It is more like Chemical Engineering restricted to processes and chemicals from petroleum processing.
List Of Universities In Nigeria Offering Petrochemical Engineering Courses.
- Obafemi Awolowo University
- Federal University Of Technology Akure
- Federal University Of Technology Owerri (FUTO)
- University Of Lagos (UNILAG)
- Federal University Of Technology Minna
- University Of Ilorin
- University Of Benin