The Research and Development Division was set up in 1977 to solve the
operational and technical problems of the Oil and Gas Industry through
the application of the results of scientific research and the
development of technology. We are striving to become a world-class
Petroleum Research Centre, which is driven by innovation, quality and
To achieve these lofty ideals, we are currently structured into three departments:
Exploration and Petroleum Engineering (E&P) Department which handles the upstream sector.
Refining and Petrochemical
(R&P) Department, which handles the downstream and environmental
problems of the industry and
Support Services (SS) Department.
has highly qualified personnel and experienced engineers. In addition,
we have skilled technicians (trained over the years) to handle
sophisticated scientific and laboratory equipment. These have developed
to carry out work and undertake technical services functions to the Oil
and Gas industry.
Since inception we have rendered technical services and carried out
research work for the Corporation, NNPC, our joint venture partners,
the Universities other related sectors of the economy. The list of our
clients continues to grow as we are reaching out to many corporate organizations to render various services.
We have collaborative research agreements with reputable institutions
such as UNIDO, D B ROBINSON, BEICIP of France and the ACADEMIA, just to
mention a few. These may also act as back up partners for expertise and
equipment to compliment our in-house capabilities in certain critical
Effort to get more collaborative partners is on-going.
Carries out research, develops technology and Provides services to the Oil and Gas Industry.
Will be a World-class Petroleum Research Centre, driven by Innovation and Quality.
Engineering Research and Services ranges from the initial appraisal of
exploration discoveries through field development, production and to
Laboratory Programmes are designed to ensure maximum relevant information at minimum cost.
Department provides services and expertise to third parties to ensure
compliance with government regulations on the environment. We undertake
pre and post environmental impact assessments bioremediation studies
for the impacted ecosystem by industrial activities, such as
determination and monitoring of atmospheric pollution, toxicity studies
and tests, provide dredging and drilling compliance monitoring
services, environmental impact assessment studies for seismic
exploration activities, environmental sensitivity and stress
distribution mapping, etc.
Analytical Chemistry Laboratory is a reference Laboratory providing
state of the laboratory services such as Spectroscopy, and Elemental
Analysis, Chromatography, Water
and Special Chemicals analysis, Petroleum Testing and Analysis for the
Oil and Gas Industry Operators and Other Bodies in Nigeria.
Exploration Research and Services section performs geoscientific,
research and provides consultancy services for basin studies and
reservoir modeling. With qualified geoscientists and laboratories
equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, it caters for the need of
the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.
undertakes research and services in petroleum products and derivative
development, crude oil assay and natural gas utilization.
and Catalysis is set up to provide complete catalysis development,
characterization, formulation, and synthesis. It also offers process
engineering solutions, corrosion studies and research and material
selection for the petroleum industry using engineering softwares and
The key objectives of the R&D Division are: -
1.Research and Development Division provides high quality specialized
Laboratory, Scientific and Engineering Consulting services.
2. Engage in beneficial collaborative research work with reputable
research institutes abroad and with Nigerian Universities principally
to solve technical problems that have been identified in the Nigerian
3. To engage in collaborative research by establishing and cultivating
technological cooperation through joint research and information
exchange programmes with the academia, specialized agencies and
reputable research institutes locally and abroad.
4. Engage in applied and fundamental research and develops technology.
5. Engage in innovation adaptation paying attention to lost safety currency
1. NNPC Top Management support and commitment to R&D in other to acquire and domesticate petroleum science and technology.
2. R&D Division has a number of specialists in analytical chemistry, geochemistry, sedimentology,
biostratigraphy, reservoir engineering, crude oil evaluation, process
engineering, fuel & energy engineering, pollution, microbiology and
environmental science, etc.
3. R&D division has some state of the art equipment and facilities
that presently rank among the best in Nigeria for undertaking both
research projects in areas such as: core analysis, PVT studies, liquid
and gas chromatography, water analysis, crude assay, petroleum products
testing, source rock geological studies, atomic absorption
spectrophotometry, mass spectroscopy, pollution control and
remediation, microbiology laboratory facilities, an air monitoring
equipment and a modem scientific glassblowing workshop.
4. Ready access to relevant scientific and technological information,
including timely exposure to advances in related research and
technological issues worldwide.
5. Active collaboration with other R&D organizations and
universities worldwide in identified areas of interest for research and
6. Capability to deliver high quality reliable R&D services which meets customer's satisfaction and expectation
R&D Division can penetrate and secure a significant share of the
market in the petroleum industry in Nigeria by providing such services
as analytical chemistry, core analysis, PVT studies, reservoir
engineering, biostratography, sedimentology, petroleum products
testing, environmental impact assessment (EIA), crude assays, process
engineering, corrosion studies.
2. R&D has highly qualified personnel, and experienced engineers
who have been developed over time to carry out work in the Oil and Gas
3. R&D's highly skilled technicians undertake technical services functions to the Oil Gas industry.
4. R&D has the best equipped laboratory for undertaking all the
services highlighted in the whole of the West Africa Sub region.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
49 Moscow Road
Tel: 084-230265, 237003, 232421