The Managing Director of Total E & P Nigeria Ltd (TEPNG), Mr Guy Maurice, has revealed the company’s plans to continue from where it stopped by building the second phase of the permanent site of the Institute of Petroleum studies.
The second phase will house the auditorium, laboratories, lecture rooms and offices.
His words: “the contractual process for the second phase has started and hopefully construction will start early next year.
The disclosure came at the commissioning of phase I of the permanent site and the induction of graduates of the institute as part of activities marking the 6th Induction/Anniversary of Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS).
He described the commissioning of the permanent site as “icing on the cake of a project that has already delivered four world class sets of engineers from the temporary site, observing that the IPS success story could be a study in partnership.
“On the one hand is the NNPC/TEPNG JV, a business interest but with its dreams of building local capacities through partnerships. On the other hand is the ivory tower of the University of Port Harcourt. To complete the tripartite partnership is the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP) located kilometres apart in Paris, France. Together, we overcame all obstacles including distance to produce a world, class institution called IPS”.
His address was read by the DMD (Technical), and member IPS board of Trustees, Mr Roger Poirier who led a high powered delegation of the company to the event. The delegation included the DMD (Corporate) and chairman of the Governing Board of IPS, Mr Alek Musa, the ED (External Affairs), Mr John Addeh, GM (Sustainable Development), Mr Vincent Nnadi, the GM (TEPNG-NDDC Affairs) and IPS Professional mentor 2009, Mr Anthony Adeyemi Abolarin and other managers and staff.
The Special Adviser to the President on Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Onu Egbogah spoke on the topic “The Reform of the Petroleum Industry” at the induction ceremony shortly after commissioning the new IPS building built and equipped by the NNPC/TEPNG. The building consists of lecturers’ offices, administration offices, digital libraries and computer rooms, complete with utilities and independent power supply.
He said President Umaru Yar’Adua was happy with Total and the IFP School, France for their effort in human capacity development especially in the area of providing world class manpower in the petroleum industry.
In her remarks, the representative of the NNPC, Mrs Jane Ashimi, said the NNPC would continue to support Total, describing the project as laudable and in line with the sustainable development objectives of the Joint Venture in its contribution to the development of the Niger Delta.
The permanent site is also host of a biofuel laboratory which is nearing completion and the Emerald Energy Centre for Petroleum Economics and Policy for which work has reached advanced stage.
Twenty graduates with M.Sc Petroleum Engineering and Project Development were inducted as well as the first batch of the post graduate diploma in Petroleum technology (PGDPT).
The M.Sc graduates were described as the best ever by the Director of IPS, Professor Joseph Ajienka, who disclosed that each had cumulative Grade Point of above 4 points on a 5-point scale. The set recorded 95 per cent in the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) and 100 per cent in the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) USA, certifications.
Other activities to mark the occasion were Drama/Concert, Open House Career Fair, Art exhibition titled “Streams of Black Gold”, Alumni Day and a dinner held at the Total Village, Port Harcourt.
Also present were the chairman board of trustees of IPS/Pro-chancellor and chairman of Council, University of Port Harcourt, Dr Dan Shere who was represented by the Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Professor Don Baridam, Director of IPS Professor Joseph Ajienka, Dean IFP School, France Professor Jean-Luc Karnik, University Registrar, Mr Messiah Onyige, Coordinator and chairman of Advisory Committee of IPS IFP Training Administrative Secretary and Secretary Governing Board, Mrs Anna Preye Brambaifa, Resident IFP Shool Representative, Mr Francis Fusier, the Nyenweli Choba, Coordinator PGDPT Programme Dr Sunday Ikiensikimama, HRH Eze Rowland Okocha and the council of chiefs in Choba.