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Three major issues which include funding, lack of country-wide gas infrastructure and fiscal policies critical to gas development have been identified as hindering the attainment of zero gas flare-out agenda in Nigeria. This position was contained in a communique issued at the end of the pre- conference workshop at the 2014 annual conference and exhibition of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) held in Lagos. The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), George Osahon, Dr. David Ige, Group Executive Director, Gas and Power, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were among participants at the Pre-Conference workshop which focused on the topic “Driving Gas Flare-out in Nigeria.”

The communique which was read by the chairman, Pre-conference Workshop, Mr. Nosa Omorodion, fnape while applauding government for the current development in gas prices, infrastructure development and power reforms, recommended that appropriate funding mechanism be put in place to encourage investment. It also noted that “unless in cases where it makes sense for government social responsibility, the gas value chain and pricing should be driven by market forces and accelerated to a willing-buyer/ willing-seller status”. It further pointed out that the current Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) draft which proposes to tax gas like oil, will be inimical to gas development and, therefore, be reconsidered, while recommending “the adoption of a proposal to establish incentives as opposed to sanctions as a way of supporting gas development.”

The communique urged government to put in place incentive to encourage aggressive exploration for gas in the frontier areas to increase long term sustainability and added that “government expedite action on the establishment of the planned backbone infrastructure development and then transit out of infrastructure development through public private partnership thereafter”. The communique also pointed out that existing legal framework for gas, as it is today, remains inadequate to encourage enforcement of flare out and infrastructure development.

Chevron Nigeria Limited has restated its commitment to the activities of geologists and geophysicists, under the aegis of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE). Speaking at an African Night organised as part of the activities to mark the 32 annual international conference and exhibition of NAPE in Lagos, a fellow of NAPE and senior Geologist with Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Isaac Arowolo, who represented the Managing Director of the company, stated that the oil major would continue to support the activities of the association. Arowolo also restated the company’s commitment to deepwater development in Nigeria.

The African Night, sponsored by Chevron, featured presentation of awards to the best woman with best head gear; most colourful woman; best-dressed male; best couple of the night; and best dressed female.

The Vice President of NAPE, Dr. James Edet of Total Upstream Nigeria Limited won the award for the best-dressed male. An award was also given to the founder of Quintessence Art Centre, Nigeria’s cultural icon which sits just off the famous Falomo roundabout in Ikoyi, Chief Aino Oni-Okpaku, a Swedish textile specialist who married and settled in Nigeria. She was honoured at the Chevron-sponsored NAPE African Night Award for her contribution to art and culture both in Nigeria and Africa. Quintessence is a place where precious old aso-oke and akwete fabric, kente cloth, and bakuba strips are sold. The art centre has organised many innovative workshops and exhibitions and has also created a platform for Nigerians to co-create with Scandinavia and Latin America artists, developing fusion art in ceramics and weaving.

There were also report that Quintessence organised an exhibition of wool carpets bearing the images of famous Nigerian artists such as Chief Nike Okundaye, Prof. Bruce Onobrakpaeya, and Sam Ovraiti. It was also gathered that proceeds from Quintessence is used to support the Ebun Oluwa Foundation, or Erubodo House, which is a home for special children with learning disabilities. This support has given life and a bright future to so many orphans and abandoned kids.

In his vote of thanks, the President-elect of NAPE, Mr. Chikwe Edoziem of ExxonMobil, thanked Chevron for sponsoring the African Night.

Two of Nigeria’s biggest entrepreneurs, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President Dangote Group and Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings, have lent their voices to the call for more indigenous participation in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Both, who were Guest Speakers at 32nd Annual International Conference of the National Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), in Lagos, Nigeria said the involvement of indigenous institutions and players, would bode well for the economy and sued for a deliberate and systematic approach to the involvement of Nigerian entrepreneurs in the oil and gas industry. “I was encouraged to come into the oil and gas industry by someone who believes deeply in Nigerian local capacity” said Elumelu in his opening remarks. He explained that localization will impact positively on the sector just like it happened with banking. “Many years ago it was the general belief that only expatriates could own and run banks in Nigeria. Today, however, the top five banks are owned and run indigenously and we need for the same to happen in the oil and gas sector,” Elumelu said. The seasoned entrepreneur, whose pan-African investment company is investing in the financial services, oil and gas, healthcare power and hospitality sectors, revealed that he has ambitious plans in the oil and gas industry, disclosing that he is looking forward to the day when Nigeria would have the capacity to refine its petroleum on its own shores. According to him, Tenoil Petroleum and Energy Services was set up as a platform to manage and operate Heirs Holdings’ investments across the energy value chain, as well as the extractive minerals sector. “Gas remains a hindrance to our economic development yet we have it in abundance. Efficient utilization of our gas resources is important if we want to create employment, fix the economy, send our children to school and generally make things work,” Elumelu said.

Aliko Dangote, who is the President, Dangote Group, emphasised the importance of policy and regulation in the quest to indigenize the sector. Dangote also harped on capacity building and explained that the petro-chemical plant in the Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos, which when  completed  by 2017 will employ thousands of Nigerians and turn the country into a net exporter of petroleum products. He also disclosed that when he set up Dangote Cement in 2007, the cement industry had little local capacity but has since changed with indigenous players now having the dominant market share in the Nigerian cement industry. The NAPE annual conference brings together participants from companies and institutions involved in petroleum exploration and production. It attracts seasoned industry professionals, key policy makers, researchers and students from all over the world, who strive to push the frontiers of knowledge by sharing innovation and industry best practices during high quality technical sessions and an exciting exhibition of cutting-edge technology.

Thank you for your participation in the Special Management Workshop on Fluid Accounting & Metering Issues in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. The well attended event which took place at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday July 2nd, 2014 was chaired by Chief Tunde Afolabi fnape, the Chairman/CEO AMNI International Petroleum Development Company Ltd. The Keynote address was delivered by Mr. George Osahon fnape, the Immediate Past President of NAPE who is also the Director, Department of Petroleum Resources.

Speakers at the event include:

1. Mr. Ciro Pagano | Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation represented by Engr. Toba Akinmoladun

2. Mr. Omamofe Pirah | Delta State Commissioner for Oil & gas Resources

3. Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed | Executive Secretary, Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) represented by the Technical Director of NEITI, Mr. Tariye George

4. Engr. T. K. Braide | Chief Chemical Engr., Department of Petroleum Resources



- Global Perspectives and Recent Advances in Oil and Gas Accounting/Metering Technology and Implications for the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

- Applications for Multi-phase Metering Systems for Hydrocarbon Accounting in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

- Challenges and Prospects of Effective Oil and Gas Production Accounting and Metering in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

- Socio-Economic Imperatives of a Robust Framework for Oil and Gas Metering in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.


For the NAPE President's Welcome Address, Click Here.

For the Workshop Pictures, Click Here.

For the Special Management Workshop Communique, Click Here.


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