Okoro Emmanuel Emeka
Dr. Senior Lecturer Ph.D (Petroleum Engineering)
The Department of Petroleum Engineering in Covenant University was established ab initio to become a principal contributor to human capital development for Nigeria's petroleum industry, in the first instance. This is in tandem with the University's vision of raising a new generation of leaders.
Accordingly, the vision, mission, and philosophy of the Department have been designed to achieve the desired success. The programme and staffing of the Department are intended to develop Engineers with broad-based knowledge capable solving not only peculiar problems of Africa but also the multidimensional challenges of the world of the world of technology.
The quality of graduates turned out in the first and second sets respectively in 2009 and 2010 is a testimony to the great heights to which they are designed to soar in line with the high success growth rate of Covenant University, which has attained world class status within eight years of inception.
You are cordially welcome to our Department and wish you a pleasant visit.
Brief History of the Department of Petroleum Engineering
At the take off of the College of Science and Technology on 21st October, 2002, all the academic programmes in the College were grouped into two Departments. The Departments were:
- Department of Computer and Information Technology
- Department of Environmental Science
The Department of Computer and Information Technology started with the following Degree programmes:
- B.Sc. Computer Science (4 years)
- B.Sc. Management Information System (4years)
- B.Eng. Computer Engineering (5 years)
- B. Tech Information Technology (5 years)
These four programmes were under one Department from the beginning of 2002/2003 to the end of 2003/2004 Academic Session.
At the beginning of the 2004/2005 academic session, more Engineering Programmes and Applied Sciences Programmes were added. These additions gave birth to the Departments of Petroleum Engineering and Chemical Engineering in October 2004 and both operated as one Department.
However, Petroleum Engineering became a full fledged Department in the 2007/2008 Academic Session. It has a 5 year (10 semesters) programme that leads to the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), B.Eng (Hons) in Petroleum Engineering, for successful students.
General Engineering courses are taught in the first four semesters, while core Petroleum Engineering courses are taught in the last six semesters. The major area of concentration includes Reservoir Engineering, Drilling and Production Engineering and Formation Evaluation.
The 400 level students embark on SIWES (Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme) which involves six months of industrial training, starting immediately after the Alpha Semester.
Activities of the Units
Conference Attendance: Four of our staff attended conferences this year:
- SPE NAICE conference, August 2009; Mr. Craig A. J
- COREN Assembly, August 2009; Engr. F.A. Makinde
- International Conference, Workshop and Exhibition on Biotechnologies for Improved Production of Oil & Gas in the Gulf of Guinea/Possible Source of Hydrogen Sulphide in Petroleum Reservoir: Challenges and Implications, May 2009; Mr. Ameloko A.A.
- International Conference, Workshop and Exhibition on Biotechnologies for Improved Production of Oil & Gas in the Gulf of Guinea/Oil Field Scale Modeling and Management , May 2009; Mr. Fadairo A.S.
Philosophy and Objectives
The Philosophy of the Department of Petroleum Engineering is in consonant with the overall philosophy of Covenant University, which can be summarized as ‘Bringing up a new generation of Africans that will move the continent forward in all areas of endeavor”. The Department adopts a very practical and realistic approach to the solution of all Petroleum engineering problems based upon sound mastery of underlying theories and principles in order to produce graduates who will impact their society and environment positively and bring about the desired changes that would be an example for others to follow. Our products should be capable of making informed contributions to technological Engineering issues in a globalised environment.
- To put in place curricula that cover broad and dynamic engineering principles, together with sound working knowledge of entrepreneurial, marketing and management principles.
- To empower our students with necessary skills to create value and bring solutions needed to tackle challenges in the petroleum and allied industries.
- To make our graduates foremost Petroleum Engineers in the country and internationally through a well-designed competency-based training program of teaching and research.
- To facilitate acquisition of practical work experience in the industries.
- To inculcate discipline in research and development to Petroleum Engineering graduates.
Our mission includes but not limited to the following objectives.
(a) To put in place curricula that cover broad and dynamic engineering principles, working knowledge of entrepreneurial marketing and management principles.
(b) To empower our students with the required skills to be creative and proffer solutions to the challenges that may arise in the Petroleum industry.
(c) To facilitate acquisition of practical work experience in the petroleum industry.
(d) To produce graduates that will be versed in research and development in the petroleum upstream activities.
To develop a foremost Petroleum Engineering Department that is second to none in Africa and be counted as one of the best in the world at large. One that is internationally recognized in imparting knowledge through teaching and research activities.
Research & Development
(i) The Use of Local Materials (e.g. Cassava starch, Sugarcane waste, Corncobs) in enhancing the
properties of drilling mud, WBM using Factorial Design. Makinde, F. A.
(ii) Solution Method of the Havlena and Odeh Material Balance Equation for a Reservoir. Makinde, F. A.
(iii) Characterization of Petroleum Reservoirs using the method of Artificial Neural Network. Makinde, F. A.
(iv) Nigerian Oil-sand Extract as Petrochemical Feedstock. Adebayo, T. A.
(v) Prediction of Elemental Sulphur Deposition around the Wellbore. Fadairo, S. A.
(vi) Palm Oil as an Alternative to Diesel in an OBM. Craig, A. J.
(vii) Chromium-free conversion coatings- formulation and assessment of Cerium based conversion coating. Oki, M
(viii) Inhibition of the corrosion of mild steel using naturally occurring compounds-Tannins. Oki, M
(ix) Effects of porosity and permeability on shale membrane efficiency: A case study from the Niger Delta. Ameloko, A. A.
(x) 2-D Electrical imaging and its application in ground water exploration in part of Kubanni river Basin-Zaria, Nigeria. Ameloko, A. A.
(xi) Production of Zeolites from Abeokute Kaolinites for Petroleum Refining. Prof. S. S. Adefila
(xii) Member of Environmental and Energy Research Groups, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos. Prof. D.S. Aribike
(xiii) Thermal and Catalytic Pyrolysis of Hydrocarbons. Prof. D.S. Aribike
(xiv) Bio desulfurization of Middle Distillate Petroleum Fractions. Prof. D.S. Aribike
(xv) Hydrate Formation in Natural Gas Pipelines. Prof. D.S. Aribike
(xvi) Study of Multiphase Flows in Petroleum Reservoirs. Prof. D.S. Aribike
(xvii) Production of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Using Locally Available Filler Materials. Prof. D.S. Aribike
(xviii) Ground water exploration with D.C resistivity method in Maigamo area of Kubanni river basin Zaria, Nigeria. Ameloko, A. A.
(xix) Climate Change and Renewable Energy Research Clusters. Prof. Denloye, O. A.
(xx) Equilibrium in Fluidized bed combustion. Prof. Denloye, O. A.
(xxi) Drying Characteristics of Local Food Grains. Prof. Denloye, O. A.
(xxii) Modeling of Distillation Columns. Prof. Denloye, O. A.
(xxiii) Leak Detection in Pipeline Systems. Prof. Denloye, O. A.
(xxiv) Renewable Energy Systems. Prof. Denloye, O. A.
(xxv) Sourcing of local cheap alternative additives to drilling mud. Adebayo, T. A.
(xxvi) Carbon dioxide sequestration in geological formation. Adebayo, T. A.
(xxvii) Risk Analysis and Evaluation of Sidetrack/Recompletion (Sidetrack/Recompletion Time Evaluation by Stochastic Approach): Waterflooded Reservoir. O. D. Orodu
(xxviii) Research Cluster (Reservoir Characterization and Simulation; Members – C. T. Ako, O. D. Orodu, F. A. Makinde, O. J. Rotimi): “An integrated schematic approach to hydraulic flow unit determination and validation”
Linkages and Collaborations
- Schlumberger Oil Field Services, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
- CLEDOP West Africa Limited, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
- Petroleum Experts Limited, Edinburgh, Scotland
- FEKETE Associates, Inc., Alberta, Canada.
The minimum requirement for admission into B.Eng Petroleum Engineering Programme is O/L SSCE/GCE/NECO Credit level pass in five (5) subjects, including English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and either credit pass in Further Mathematics, Biology, or Technical Drawing.