The Nigerian Oil and Gas industry is one of the largest industries in the world. The Nigerian National The National Petroleum Company (NNPC) alone manages proven reserves of over 25 billion barrels of oil, the 10th largest of any company in the world, and manages the ninth-largest gas reserves in the world. It operates one of the world's largest integrated gas gathering, processing and industrial distribution systems. NNPC also owns and operates one of the world's largest tanker fleets to help transport its crude oil production, which amounted to over 26 billion barrels in 2023.

The workforce needed for the operation and maintenance of the Nigerian oil and gas industry is simply huge. Consequently, there is a great need to intensify the efforts being made to improve productivity of the national workforce and to expand training programs aimed at enabling Nigerian students to take advantage of employment opportunities available through the growth or substitution of expatriate workers. This could be achieved only through continuous teachings and developing the students to meet the labour market needs and expand participation of relevant sectors and agencies. Thus, the general objective of this course is to enhance the technical skills of the students and qualify them for work in this vital sector.


At the end of this course, students should be able to:

         i.            explain the concept of petroleum in the contemporary energy scene

        ii.            discuss the nature, classification and composition of crude petroleum and natural gases

       iii.            give a brief history of petroleum discovery, distribution, and utilization in the world and Nigeria.

      iv.            use geophysical and geological knowledge to interpret and map data for identification of potential prospects;

        v.            contribute to development of geo-based technology for exploration and improved recovery of petroleum resources;

      vi.            explain petroleum refining technology

     vii.            discuss the concept of petroleum as primary feedstock for the petrochemical industry