FUPRE plans: The management of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) has planned to go for mass production of an affordable four wheel lightweight engine automobile that would displaced the fast growing three wheels commercial transportation popularly known as Keke-Napep from the Nigerian market.Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has inaugurated a professorial chair in the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta State, for lightweight automobile engine research and development. This initiative would see the bulk production of affordable lightweight four-wheel automobiles for Nigerian’s use. FUPRE Vice Chancellor, Prof Akii Ibhadode, who made this disclosure, on Wednesday, at the inauguration ceremony of the Shell Professorial Chair in Lightweight Automobile Engine Development held in the school auditorium, noted that the institution has the capacity to develop an engine with a great potential of consuming less fuel for commercial purposes.Lightweight automobiles depend less on the fuel. According to him, “FUPRE, today, is the most successful Nigerian university in the annual African Regional Shell Eco-Marathon competition where participating institutions race their designed and built fuel efficient cars. Our outstanding accomplishments in the three editions that we have participated have earned us both national and international recognitions”.
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