All over the globe, there are challenges of effective management of technology for optimized operations in the petroleum industry. Here in Nigeria, the industry yearns for an avenue for the publication of petroleum technology research findings, and robust information on in-country technology development. Indeed a publication that would support academic and industry research. Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has broken that barrier through her international journal; Petroleum Technology Development Journal (PTDJ). The PTDJ fulfils a crucial aspect of the statutory mandate of the Fund.

Also, the PTDJ is born out of a desire to improve the Petroleum Training Journal (PTJ) and ensure the sustenance of the journal, as pleaded by Dr. Rilwanu Lukman (who was then the Nigerian Presidential Adviser on Petroleum & Energy), at the public presentation of the first issue of the PTJ on the 26 September 2002. Furthermore, the mission of the PTJ “to advance the understanding of learning and development, disseminate information to enhance knowledge and to propel the quest for excellence in the petroleum sector” perfectly dovetails into raison d’être of PTDF. In order to engineer the strength of synergy therefore, taking over the journal at the time PTDF did, was seen by both the PTJ Editorial Board and PTDF management as a necessity, to keep the journal afloat and to fulfil a key aspect of the mandate of PTDF.

In order to refocus the journal and effectively disseminate quality scientific research materials, improved processes developed during projects planning and implementation, as well as industry case studies, to all stake holders in the oil and gas industry, PTDF now publishes the journal with the new title of Petroleum Technology Development Journal (PTDJ). PTDF is committed to publishing the PTDJ regularly in January and July and will continue to provide adequate support to sustain it through policy direction and decisions; ensuring that all the Fund’s M.Sc and PhD scholars contribute scholarly and peer reviewed articles to the journal.

We also appeal to our esteemed readers in the petroleum industry, academia and government to contribute articles to this international journal. The PTDJ is designed to promote academic and professional excellence for the greater benefit of the petroleum industry and the nation’s quest for local content and very active indigenous participation in exploration, production and supply chain services in the industry. Knowledge acquired from reading the journal has proved to be of tremendous benefit to operators in finding solution to industry challenges since 2002.

I have strong confidence that support from universities where PTDF have endowed Chairs, Research Grant Awardees, Oil and Gas industry knowledge Sharing Forum, and our ever growing scholars and others, will sustain this journal, further improve its quality and content as well as affirm and sustain its international standard. Thus the Editorial Board will continue to welcome quality papers from upstream, mid and downstream sectors of the petroleum industry. The Board invites and welcomes articles and case studies from all over the globe and on any oil and gas topic or issue, including environment matters as they relate to the oil and gas industry. In PTDJ Vol. 1 2011, you will find contributions on basinal studies, engineering, sciences, exploration, production and other related disciplines in oil and gas. This is what the oil and gas industry needs now for sustainable development in technology in-country in petroleum producing developing countries.

I enjoin you to circulate this journal and share it with friends and colleagues.

Mr. Ahmed Aminu Galadima, Executive Secretary 
Petroleum Technology Development Fund