Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has built a refinery that produces one barrel of crude oil per day.


According to Daily Trust Ibrahim Dabo, a professor of the department of chemical engineering in ABU Zaria, said they had initially proposed to build a 1,000 barrel-capacity refinery, but it was not feasible due to lack of funding.

Dabo said the idea of the project which cost about N20 million was conceived about 15 years ago, but work commenced fully in 2011.

He added that all those engaged in the project were Nigerians as no expatriate was contracted.


“The initial idea was to construct a 1,000 barrel-capacity refinery, but lack of funding limited us to this one, where we would now be refining one barrel per day,” Dabo said.

“Only the controls were sourced from Hong Kong. No expatriate was hired from abroad. All those that were engaged in this project are Nigerians.

“Therefore, this mini refinery is a product of Nigerian brains. If government can come in, we have the ability to do wonderful things, not only refinery. This is our training and it is what our department is meant for.”


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