In consonance with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s vision in pivoting to natural gas as key driver of the nation’s economic development in the energy transition era, the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), is gathering leading stakeholders to explore the progress made so far in 2021 and the opportunities for gas development acceleration following the newly passed Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
The NGA, a chartered member of the International Gas Union (IGU), will hold its 2021 Business Forum on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, with the theme ‘Petroleum Industry Act: Progress and Opportunities in the Decade of Gas’.
The virtual discourse will feature conversations from experts and key stakeholders in the whole gas value chain where they will broadly discuss progress and pertinent issues surrounding the actualisation of a gas-powered economy in 2021 and the outlook for 2022, policies and areas of improvement, and tactfully proffer actionable solutions towards the advancement of the natural gas industry following the declaration of a decade of gas and putting in place the Petroleum Industry Act.
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, is expected to deliver the Keynote Speech at the Forum. Other key industry stakeholders expected to contribute to the discourse include Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari; CEO, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Engr. Farouk A. Ahmed; CEO, Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission, Gbenga Komolafe ,Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor; Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria, Richard Kennedy; Group Executive Director, Gas & Power, NNPC, AbdulKabir M. Ahmed; Managing Director, NLNG, Dr. Philip Mshelbila;
Others are CEO, Axxela Limited, Bolaji Osunsanya; ; Managing Director, Anoh Gas, Okechukwu Mba; Managing Director, Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN), Olalekan Ogunleye; Immediate Past President of the NGA and Co-founder/Deputy Managing Director, Falcon Corporation Limited, Audrey Joe-Ezigbo; Founder/Managing Director, Latimer Energy, Olu Verheijen; Managing Partner, ENR Advisory, ‘Gbite Adeniji; and Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), Dr. Joy Ogaji.
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Commenting, President, Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), Ed Ubong, said that the NGA Business Forum aligns with its mandate of creating the right platform for gas advocacy; providing opportunity for players to share ideas, interrogate policy frameworks and engage government and critical stakeholders with the sole aim accelerating Nigeria gas development
“The passage of the PIB into law is a clear demonstration of the Government’s commitment to accelerate development of the oil and gas industry in an energy transition era. For us at the NGA and as the frontline advocacy group for gas, we are keen to explore the potentials offered by the PIA and how we can leverage the legislation to deliver the imperatives of the decade of gas.
“Given the criticality of gas towards Nigeria economic development, prosperity and energy security, it is expedient that industry leaders take a look back at 2021 and provide a holistic outlook for 2022 proffering robust, sustainable and actionable solutions towards actualising a gas-powered economy,” he added.
The Business Forum will attract Industry Professionals and Technocrats, International Delegations, CEOs of Major International Oil & Gas Companies and Regulatory Authorities, Industry Professionals and Technocrats, Key Players in the Financial Sector, Policymakers, affiliate industries and sectors, among several others.