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Course Title: Integrated Siliciclastics Stratigraphic Concepts for Reservoir Characterization

Summer School 2017

Course Description: The course teaches the concepts, methods and applications of stratigraphic principles in reservoir characterization using an integrated approach that combines geoscience and pressure data. It also emphasizes integration across disciplines and scales, focusing on reducing stratigraphic uncertainty in delineating clastic reservoirs architecture of the various depositional environments in Niger Delta was addressed through numerous examples, case studies and exercises from field analogs, core description, well-log correlation and seismic stratigraphy.

 

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Address by NAPE President, Mr. Nosa OmorodionFNAPE to UK/Europe Members on July 22, 2016.
Venue: NNPC office, London

I am delighted to be here today and to take part in this meeting, convinced as I am that the great need of our age is the revival of values that assist to meet the growing energy needs of the world. I bring you felicitations from Nigeria. That many of you have travelled long distances within the UK and across Europe to be here serves to remind us all just how much you esteem our great association. I thank you and appreciate your kindness and contributions to our association, our profession and nation.
In todays’ beleaguered global E&P economy, energy matters. As geoscientists we bring energy and development to the world.  We must remain true geoscientists as advocated by Bill Edman (Chevron MD Nigeria from 1992-1996) who in his address to a NAPE gathering in 1994 urged geoscientists to see E&P beyond just mere Exploration and Production but also as Environment & Politics; Economics & Profitability. Permit me to also add Energy Proficiency as veritable needs for todays’ Enhancement of our Portfolio if we are to remain standing by the time the light at the end of the tunnel of this beleaguered oil pricing regime finally appears.


Let me pause to specially express my profound appreciation and gratitude to Gideon Giwa & Dr. Abimbola Durogbitan and the team that worked tirelessly to make this meeting happen. I also will like to acknowledge the efforts of my VP , Dr. Bako and the NNPC London office for the hospitality and support towards the hosting of this meeting.

I do have an unyielding belief that the time has come for us to have a platform within Europe to gather to share ideas, knowledge and new technology that will be beneficial to NAPE and our industry back home. It is in this regard that I hope this meeting will be the kick starter to laying the grounds for concrete action towards establishing a Chapter of NAPE in the United Kingdom. A chapter that serves and meets the need of members here in the UK and Europe.
Our Association looks to you to bring this vision to a reality. I have no doubts in your abilities, acumen and passion to the commitment of this noble task. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves to be challenged, excited and inspired.
Our relations with other sister professional associations continues to be cordial, but we seek to deepen our collaboration, especially in initiatives where we meet under joint auspices in the pursuit of knowledge ,cutting edge technology, information sharing and scholarship. The adverse global oil and gas climate is a known phenomenon. Back home in Nigeria, inflation rate hit an all time high of 16.5% yesterday. It is a difficult time in our nation’s history and oil workers are not insulated from these austere realities.
In my last communication to membership, I highlighted some of the initiatives we have adopted as palliatives to members who may have been affected by the down turn in our nation’s economy. Please permit me to reiterate them here once again:
1.    Career Centre that will help with job postings.
2.    A one-off ‘’Graduated dues’’ payment scheme for members. Details will be in my next communication. This will however have to pass through the rigors of the AGM.
3.    Online Training Platform to help retool the professional careers of members will kick-off in Q3
4.    The commencement of the much anticipated Healthcare scheme. This is set to go live by mid-August with Zenith Medicare as NAPE’s Healthcare provider

We have made steady progress in other spheres as well:

•    In June we initiated a forum for subtle advocacy where CEOs/senior industry operatives and top government personnel rub minds and thoughts on ideas around our beleaguered industry and economy. Our guest was the COO/GED Upstream NNPC. The goal is to institutionalize this into a quarterly senior industry evening reception.
•    A special business publication that will be the repository go-to reference book, covering sections from Exploration opportunities and resource placement, Funding and Investment Climate, Divestment and Acquisitions, Hydrocarbon accounting, gas supply and monetization is at an advanced stage. The target launch date remains October 2016.
•    A new NAPE website is now in place, the membership cleanup with emphasis on junior and student members as well as steps to improve the IT infrastructure of the secretariat are ongoing.
•    We will be introducing a Young People Distinguished Service Award and The Club 25 Membership Recognition Pin in 2016.

The NAPE Foundation is currently being revamped to serve the purposes it was originally conceived for. We have reintroduced the minimum annual N2000 foundation dues for members and have concluded plans to reinvigorate the NAPE Grants-in-Aid support for students in tertiary institutions. Please do not forget NAPE’s AICE is slated for November 13-17 2016, at The Eko Hotel & Suites convention center, Victoria Island, Lagos. I look forward to personally receiving you in Lagos. I dare say we have accomplished quite a bit this year, but we need your membership commitments to accomplish even more in the years ahead. NAPE needs talented and dedicated members like you to build an association of our dreams.

I want to say once again, it is a pleasure to see many of you here and very many thanks for your warm welcome.

Nosa Omorodion, FNAPE
NAPE President

NAPE President

It gives me great pleasure to write to you, once again. We are in the second half of the year and there is no better time than the present to review our stewardship over the last six months; as well as brace up with renewed vigor for the challenges that lie ahead of us in the rest of 2016 and beyond.

In my first letter as President of our association, I articulated a clear and succinct agenda of the strategy, the roadmap and key milestones to be achieved. The inevitable slowing down of the economy occasioned by the adverse crude oil prices regime still persists. We are however fortified by the conviction that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. The economic situation, more particularly in relation to our plan to deliver superior service, institutional  reforms, improve infrastructure, establish good governance and enhance  overall membership experience, confronts us with factors which are matters of  grave concern. I assure you these matters are engaging the attention of the Executive Committee. To members that have been affected by the various resizing / downsizing exercises, I still beseech you to continue to keep your heads up as there is light at the end of the tunnel. Henry Ford founder of Ford Motor Company, wrote ‘When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

We have witnessed lately a near stability of oil prices around the make or break $50 threshold. There is still much to be hoped for. A number of the palliatives and options we promised to deploy to help ease the attendant bites of the losses and cut backs are already on stream. Some of these include

1.    Career Centre that will help with job postings.
2.    A one-off ‘’Graduated dues’’ payment scheme for members. Details will be in my next communication. This will however have to pass through the rigors of the AGM.
3.    Online Training Platform to help retool the professional careers of members will kick-off in Q3
4.    Commencement of the much anticipated Healthcare scheme. This is set to go live by mid-August with Zenith Medicare as NAPE’s Healthcare provider

The Healthcare enlightenment campaigned was flagged off in Warri Chapter on June 30. Our next stop will be Port Harcourt chapter on July 27 followed by Abuja, Benin, Lagos and University of Ibadan in August. Details of the coverage and network of Zenith Medicare, the Healthcare provider as well as application forms can be downloaded from the NAPE website http://www.nape.org.ng/news/general-news/item/232-nape-health-management-organizations-hmo-takeoff. The healthcare scheme caters to various categories of membership; from students to active/associates, corporate members and retirees. I seize this opportunity to express my personal thanks and that of our association to members of the HMO review committee (Jibola, Doris, Alex, Tunbosun, Jade, Obinna, Elliot, Tony and Lawrence). They worked round the clock to move the process to where it is today.  A personal satisfaction for me is that regardless of the nature or type of employment, affordable first class Healthcare services for members and their dependents can now be accessed through NAPE. (see poster of summary below) My personnel commitment will be to mobilize many senior industry operatives to contribute to a pool that will aim to subsidize and support students and junior members to partake in this program and good news is I have already started the engagement
The NAPE Foundation is currently being revamped to serve the purposes it was originally conceived for. We have reintroduced the minimum annual N2000 foundation dues for members and have concluded plans to reinvigorate the NAPE Grants-in-Aid support for university students. It was Lyndon Johnson, a former American President who said “There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve ourselves’’. Our seniors and retirees will be encouraged to donate their works, papers, books, time, gifts and assist with sponsorship of YPs and students.  

We shall strive to remain relevant in the legislative processes for the development and enactment of the laws that regulate the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. Silence and non-participation is not an option. Our capacities and resources may be limited, but our voice must not be muted. In June we initiated a forum for subtle advocacy where CEOs/senior industry operatives and top government personnel rub minds and thoughts on ideas around our beleaguered industry and economy. Our guest was the COO/GED Upstream NNPC. The goal is to institutionalize this into a quarterly senior industry evening reception. A special business publication that will be the repository go-to reference book, covering sections from Exploration opportunities and resource placement, Funding and Investment Climate, Divestment and Acquisitions, Hydrocarbon accounting, gas supply and monetization is at an advanced stage. The target launch date remains October 2016. A new NAPE website is now in place, the membership cleanup with emphasis on junior and student members as well as steps to improve the IT infrastructure of the secretariat are ongoing. We will be introducing a Young People Distinguished Service Award and The Club 25 Membership Recognition Pin in 2016.

Another election cycle is upon us. Nominations into the various elective offices have closed. I am constrained to mention the apathy that greeted that process. I am appealing to members to avail themselves of the varied opportunities and fields of constructive work in the service of our great association.  This is a clarion call for men and women with the passion and invaluable historical recollections of our association’s trajectory to step up and be counted for posterity.

In one of my visits to the United Kingdom, I had the privilege of meeting with a host of NAPE members in that location. The consensus there is that it is expedient to establish a NAPE Chapter in the U.K. We have set in place modalities to bring this proposition to fruition. Members should expect to be served by a more modern, vibrant and responsive Secretariat, as efforts to restructure the NAPE secretariat are in full throttle. The NAPE-NMGS Mini-Conference for Tertiary institutions in Nigeria will be hosted in collaboration with the University of Ibadan in the second week of August and of course Africa’s flagship Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, NAPE’s AICE is slated for November 13-17 2016, at our usual venue - The Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island Lagos.

Finally, the industry may be passing through a tough phase but let us never fail to remember that as geoscientists we light up the world. Our ideas find oil and gas. Gas remains the major source for power, and power the cornerstone for industrialization.  Can you imagine a world without geoscientists ? I am happy to respond to questions, queries, thoughts or ideas on how we can better move our association forward.

Regards
Nosa Omorodion, FNAPE
NAPE President

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