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NAICE 2010: Challenges Of Sustainable Energy Development

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The Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government is gradually opening up new frontiers of development in the Niger Delta, especially in the oil and gas industry.

The recently concluded 34th edition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Nigeria Council’s Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) 2010 at Tinapa, Calabar, was a clear testimony that the region is gradually picking up from the lull in the E&P industry, occasioned by militant activities.

The 34th edition of the international conference was the first to be hosted in the Niger Delta, after about 10 years of hosting the event consecutively in Abuja.

The conference had as its theme: “Meeting World’s Energy Supply and Demand Mix, the Role of Africa”.

Given the central role of Africa in addressing world energy demand and supply, the week-long event provided opportunity for stakeholders to make significant in-road in shaping policy direction and dissemination of technical information in the development of the petroleum industry.

Musing over the challenges of development in the oil and gas industry, Engr. Anthony Abolarin, chairman, Society of Petroleum Engineers,  N Nigeria Council (2009-2010), stated that; on the global scene, not withstanding the recent unprecedented high oil price ($140 plus), the effect of the economic recession has created record deficits and soaring unemployment levels in the various countries across the globe. Consequently, he said, the oil price has since dropped by 50 per cent of this peak.

According to Engineer Abolarin, who is of Total E&P, “ the major challenge in the oil industry is meeting global capacity addition requirements”, but he added that reserve availability is not a critical challenge; but timely reserve development and security of supply.

To discuss regional trends in the industry, Abolarin said the 34th edition was designed to cover key areas such as technical sessions and exhibitions. With the presence of captains of the oil and gas industry, servicing organisations, professionals, academia and government agencies in the forum, he expressed optimism that the key objective of the conference as portrayed in the theme will be addressed.

The technical session featured over 105 technical papers, (81 oral and 24 poster sessions) covering technical, commercial, legal organisational, health, and safety and sustainable development interest areas.

There were two panel sessions for the conference on important topics of continental and theme-related interests. The two topics of discussion were: “Imperative for Financial Investment in Energy Research and Development in Sub-Sahara region,” and “Legal, Financial and Political Framework for Energy Development in African sub-region, the journey so far.”

Experts in the fields of discourse brought to bear their wealth of experience by doing justice to the topics.

NAICE, 2010 Conference Chairman, Engineer Toni Ezeukwu of Addax Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited, said the 34th edition of the conference was important in many ways. Apart from witnessing a significant rebirth from the old order, he said the theme was a “soul searching topic for Africa and Nigeria’s clean development of  oil and gas to guarantee its supply.

Engineer Ezeukwu expressed gratitude to the various companies who facilitated the event by making their staff available for needed services. He also thanked the government of Cross River State for their overwhelming support in the week-long event.

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State was particularly delighted over the choice of Cross River State (TINAPA) as the venue of this year’s event.

Imoke offered the traditional hospitality and rich cultural heritage of the state to the participants as a mark of patronage and partnership, and stressed that Calabar should be considered a choice place for subsequent events.

About 64 companies exhibited successful projects and innovative technologies designed to improve safety, operational efficiency, environmental protection and overral optimisation of oil and gas asset development.

Practical short courses were also thought during the conference as part of continuous education, and participants availed themselves to improve their knowledge in various specialized fields. The Society of Petroleum Engineers, (SPEI) professional certification examination was also conducted at the conference.

The turn up for the 34th edition of the NAICE was unprecedented and monumental. Although there was a shaky start for the event as there were obvious breaches in logistics, resulting from the malfunctioning of some equipment in the TINAPA Business Resort. The organizers quickly addressed the shortcomings, and assured that such lapses would be subsequently addressed.

A new programme for family leisure and relaxation was also introduced as part of the event, and the lush and exciting water parks and games arcade within TINAPA Business Resort filled the quest of the participants for fun.

Highlights of the event were a visit to the Slave Museum and historical sites, including a trip to Obudu Ranch.

 

Beemene Taneh

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Ex-Lawmaker Volunteers For Petroleum Sector Deregulation 

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An ex-lawmaker, Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, has announced that he is willing to serve as a volunteer in deregulating the country’s petroleum sector.
This follows the ex-lawmaker’s faulting of Nigeria losing over N5trilion annually as a result of fuel subsidy.
Bruce, who represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the 8th Senate, on his verified Twitter handle, decried what he described as ignorance and ineptitude of government agencies responsible for fuel subsidy.
“We cannot keep losing five trillion naira annually. I am able and willing, and I volunteer myself to lead the team to deregulate our petroleum sector.
“I will execute this flawlessly such that no Nigerian will be on the street protesting.
“The ineptitude and ignorance of the government agencies responsible for this are mind-boggling,” Bruce tweeted.

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Stakeholders Urge FG To Shift From Fossil Fuel

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Stakeholders in the extractive industry have said that as a fossil fuel dependent country, Nigeria must develop its own strategy to engage in shifting global focus away from oil.
This was the conversation at a recent one day capacity building workshop for media and Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria, organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, through its Natural Resource and Extractive Programme, in partnership with Natural Resource Governance Institute.
The hybrid workshop, themed, “Oil Dependency in Nigeria: Imagining a Future Beyond Oil”, had over 50 participants, including journalists from the extractive sector, CSOs, and social media influencers in attendance.
The workshop, according to the organisers, was geared towards improving the understanding of oil dependency and the nexus with energy transition to better communicate the impact on Nigeria and the Nigerian economy.
Senior Officer, NRGI, Ms. Tengi George-Ikoli, explained that Nigeria was at a critical point in its development, hence as a fossil fuel-dependent country, it is important that Nigeria develops its own strategy to engage the shifting global focus away from oil.
“Nigeria must develop its own medium to long term strategy to mitigate the likely export and government revenue losses from a shrinking market base as these countries look to reducing oil reliance beyond 2030.
“Nigeria must make strategic decisions in the way it spends its limited revenues, take economic diversification more seriously, leveraging regional and global opportunities beyond oil, and including new frontier possibilities available in the green economy”, she said.
Also, Deputy Director, Development Practice, CJID, Mr. Akintunde Babatunde, said as energy transition persists globally, Nigeria as a monolithic fossil fuel dependent economy has to prepare for what the shift to cleaner energy sources means for its economy.
“Data is pointing us to the fact that Nigeria will likely lose a majority of its foreign exchange earnings and revenues for both the federal and subnational government.
“In fact, it is already happening, because Nigeria is at a critical point in its development process, it is important for professionals to discuss the way forward on how the decisions we make as a country are more important now than ever”, he said.
Earlier, the Acting Executive Director at CJID, Tobi Oluwatola, harped on the need for capacity building for the media and CSOs, noting that they are in the best position to enlighten the public from an informed perspective.
“It is time for Civil Society Organisations, journalists, and policy experts to have this discussion, most especially as Nigeria plans to achieve net zero by 2060. There is a need for CSOs to be empowered with the right skills to be able to do the right advocacy and accountability work in Nigeria”, he stated.

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Nigeria To Construct Gas Pipeline To Europe Through Morocco

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Nigeria has given the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) the greenlight to implement a deal on construction of a gas pipeline to Europe through Morocco.
This follows reports of surging demand for African energy supplies from the EU that is seeking to wean itself of dependence on Russian oil and gas.
“This gas pipeline is to take gas to 15 West African countries and to Europe and through Morocco to Spain and others,” said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
“It is only after the engineering design of the pipeline has been made that we will know exactly (what) the cost of the pipeline will be. When that time comes, we will be talking about funding,” he added.
Nigeria is a member of the Opec group of major oil producers and has huge gas reserves – the largest proven reserves in Africa and the seventh largest globally.
On May 30, Tanzania transported 60,000 tonnes of coal to the Netherlands.
Last month, Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, said European nations had “flooded” his country with requests to supply coal.

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