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Oil laboratory to be set up at Chiromo Campus

The University of Nairobi, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbith hands over a gift to CEO National Oil Corporation, Summaya Hassan-Athmani after successful talks to establish an oil research laboratory at Chiromo Campus

The National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) will set up a National Oil Geochemical and Petrophysical Laboratory and a core storage facility at the University of Nairobi Chiromo Campus. According to the NOCK CEO, Summaya Hassan-Athmani, the laboratory will provide the University access to modern equipment for Geochemical and petrophysical analyses relevant to the oil and gas industry.

In a further contribution that will boost the University’s learning facilities, the National Oil will also donate equipment worth USD 1 million to be routinely used for geochemical analysis. UoN students will utilize the equipment to develop new skills in some of the typical geochemical analyses required to support oil and gas exploration activities in the country. Athmani also expressed willingness to give internships to final year students to enable them gain industrial experience.

Welcoming the development, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi said that partnership with the National Oil will be key in building capacity in the area of exploration, build staff capacity and promote experiential learning among students,  increase joint research activities and ultimately assist the country in achieving the Vision 2030.

The University of Nairobi has provided land for the construction of the facilities and the parties are now looking forward to signing the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with NOCK. The collaboration will plant the pioneering seeds for building centres of excellence in oil and gas education that will also have a robust research and development facility. The facility will be housed in the Department of Geology and will also benefit other programmes such as the Bachelor degree in Petroleum whose first intake is slated for May 2015.

Those who attended the consultative meeting included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Production and Extension Prof. Lucy Irungu, Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences Prof. Bernard Aduda among others.   The CEO Nock was accompanied by one of the directors Fatuma. Eman