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PETAN Restates Commitment to Partnership for Sustainable Development

 

By Gladys Johnson, Houston Texas

                                  ……..Says PIA will enhance the success of Nigeria’s bidding round

The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) has affirmed that its association is committed to partnership with various stakeholders in the energy sector  for sustainable economic  development of the nation

The Chairman of PETAN, Engr. Wole Ogunsanya disclosed this at the just concluded Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas U.S.

According to him, PETAN is dedicated to sustaining and growing the energy sector business in Nigeria, as well as strengthening partnerships to ensure safe, reliable, and efficient operations in the country.

‘’As we engage all the relevant stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, we want to assure them that our members with decades of experience in the industry, have all the equipment required to boost oil production in the country.

Speaking on the Roadshow by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), PETAN  predicted that the nation’s Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) will enhance the success of the 2024 oil bidding round.

It would be recalled that Engr. Gbenga Komolafe, Commission Chief Executive, had said Nigeria would be placing 17 blocks. These include 12 Petroleum Prospecting Leases, PPLs 300, 301, 3008, 3009, 2000, 2001, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271 and Petroleum Mining Lease, PML 51, and the Deep Offshore Blocs, PPLs 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305 and 306 before the local and international buyers for purchase.

Ogunsanya said that the PIA is a comprehensive legislation, designed to bring about restructuring, streamlining, transparency, and accountability in the oil and gas sector.

The PETAN chairman said that PIA will guarantee investors’ confidence and participation by making the investment process more straightforward.

According to him, it also offers clear returns on investments. “We are seeing the good work that NUPRC is doing. The bid round will be successful. We are talking about big oil fields. “These are deep water assets where billions of dollars will be spent. Of course, NUPRC will ensure that we attract the right investors. “Some investors are already operating in Nigeria while others will come from outside the country. All we need to do is to present the assets to them,” he said.

Ogunsanya noted that creating an environment that encourages investment not only benefits the industry but also ensures broader macroeconomic implications.

He explained that the revenue generated from these investments could be channeled into developing other sectors of the economy.

The PETAN boss highlighted such investment to include critical infrastructure like power assets, which would help to improve the quality of life for Nigerians.

“The government is charging a reasonable signature bonus. “This will enable investors to inject more resources into funding their capital projects, produce commercial oil and gas, and impact Nigeria’s economy,” he added.

Ogunsanya expressed the commitment of the association and members to enhancing the bidding round.

said, “All of our executive members are determined to make sure the bidding round is successful.

“We used to have meetings till late at night, back home in Nigeria. We made sure we covered all the aspects of the OTC. “A lot of oil was burned in the background. A lot of very smart chief executives did their best.  “Many of them have been doing these for 30 years and their companies, are successful.

“All of my executive members from top to bottom, I trust every one of them that whatever assignment that we have for them is going to be done.”

“Let me give you an example. For the NUPRC roadshow, we supported NUPRC in Miami, it was led by one of the executives of PETAN because I have some other assignments. The roadshow in London will be led by Dr. Lola Amao, PETAN is doing a lot, not only with the federal government but also with state governments.

“A lot of people are looking for jobs. We have hundreds of universities and engineering schools. It is good to start from somewhere. Some of us who started our business over 20 or 30 years ago are at the same level as any multinationals anywhere in the world. But it takes time to build the right capacity.”

He also said: “This exercise is under the exclusive responsibility of NUPRC. We have confidence in NUPRC’s leadership that they will do the right thing. Our role is to support the foremost professional organization in Nigeria.

“We are bringing experts to the industry. We are also showing them that the assets are promising. In Nigeria, we have all the services that are required to bring the oil out of the ground. That explains why we are bringing our partners to Nigeria.”

Commenting on the OTC, he said: “We did a lot of consultations, meetings, checking end-to-end. One of the biggest things we did as soon as we were sworn in was to meet the leadership of the industry. Of course, we started with the ministers. We went all the way to the chief commission executive at NUPRC. We met with the NCDMD executive secretary. We met with the group CEO of NNPC Ltd.

“We even consulted with the special advisor of petroleum to the president. We need to let them understand what PETAN can bring forward and when we did that, we were able to get a lot of feedback. We did all those consultations, introducing executives to all key stakeholders. It does make a lot of things easier, and we saw the enthusiasm in the leadership of the industry.

“NNPC gave us a mandate to organize everything. In fact, they are the owners of OTC. PETAN is supporting to make that happen. They are the first to step forward and do what needs to be done. Of course, the minister was very enthusiastic when we met with him. He guaranteed us he would participate in all our programs. The chief commission executive also supported us. The NUPRC is planning a roadshow on the new assets.”

He said: “We have about 37 billion barrels of oil reserves. There is a lot more on the ground, especially in the deep offshore. By selling the assets, we look forward to increasing our reserves and production capacity. This will allow OPEC to permit us to produce more.

“We are taking that program to Miami next week. We are also taking it to London. At the end, what we are doing will impact Nigeria’s economy and improve the lives of our people.

“We had a fantastic opening ceremony from all the remarks and media reports. The panel sessions were fantastic, especially in terms of impacting the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Other programs were also well-planned and executed. I think we have done well.

 

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