This two year diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO) curriculum is aimed at producing down stream petroleum technicians who are relevant to the industry and world of work. It is learner-centred and competence-based and emphasises acquisition of skills by the learners through practical teaching and execution of projects.
Downstream is the final, and most varied, part of the oil and gas process. This could range from the refining of crude oil and processing and purifying natural gas, through to sales, marketing, product distribution and retail, and everything in between. It also includes the manufacture of petrochemicals and plastics. The downstream sector reaches consumers through products such as gasoline or petrol, kerosene or jet fuel, diesel, oil lubricants, waxes, asphalt, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
Petrochemicals are chemical products made from the hydrocarbons feed stocks which are a basis of the petrochemical industries, namely methane, ethylene, propylene, butanes, butadiene, benzene, toluene and xylenes.
The petrochemical end products from those plants include plastics, (electronic equipment & furniture) soaps, detergents, solvents, paints, drugs, fertilizer, pesticides, explosives, synthetic textile fibers and rubbers, flooring and insulating materials,clothings antifreeze, pharmaceuticals (aspirin), cosmetics and much more.
Prospects for Downstream Operations Program
These graduates may opt to further their skills and education by offering a certificated and eventually a degree in any of the following areas:
i. Applied Chemical Engineering.
ii. Processs engineering
ii) Any other related course/ programme