The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has expressed readiness to establish the nation’s first ethanol plant in Dutse, Jigawa State.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this disclosure Tuesday when he received the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutse, Prof. Fatima BatulMukhtar, at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
Dr. Baru said NNPC would collaborate with the University in the area of research to develop feedstock for an ethanol plant in Dutse, adding that efforts were on by the NNPC to reinvigourate renewable energy in the country.
“As part of the transformation of the NNPC into an energy company, we are looking at developing the renewable energy opportunities in the country. Renewable energies, such as wind energy, hydro energy and the conversion of sugarcane to ethanol to get cleaner fuel to insure cleaner environment, would be explored,” Dr. Baru stated.
Fuel Ethanol is used in internal combustion engine and has a higher octane rating compared to gasoline, with an added advantage of being environmentally friendly than petrol and diesel.
The GMD said he expected a symbiotic relationship between the University and the NNPC, encouraging the Vice Chancellor to consider the university offering Engineering courses in addition to Medicine which she said had just been approved for the Ivory Tower.
Dr. Baru explained that oil companies, such as the NNPC, required the services of engineers, technologists, geologists and other engineering related disciplines, stressing that the introduction of the Faculty of Engineering would lead to the training of more engineers for the country.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muktar, said the Federal University, Dutse, was one of the eleven (11) new universities established six years ago with three faculties, adding that it currently had about 8,000 students.
Prof. Muktar said while some of the university peers could not have enough students, the Federal University had intense pressures from intending students to the institution.
The Federal University, Dutse (FUD), received its charter from the Federal Government of Nigeria on February 9, 2011.