May 30, 2024

SPE calls for increased collaboration to tackle Nigeria’s energy crisis

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Ilenre Irele

The Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE, Nigerian Council, has advocated for more collaboration in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing Nigeria’s energy sector.

SPE in an address at the opening ceremony of the 2024 edition of the Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum, OLEF, the Chairman of the SPE, Nigerian Council, Salahuddeen Tahir, stressed the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing Nigeria’s energy sector challenges and emphasised the role of the Oloibiri Lecture and Energy Forum, OLEF, Series as a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and progress in the industry.

He said: “This year’s forum focuses on the theme; Stability in the Nigerian Energy Sector: Integrated Strategies for Infrastructure, Transportation, and Security, which underscores the imperative of cohesive efforts to address challenges and harness opportunities in Nigeria’s dynamic energy landscape.

“Stability in the energy sector is paramount for sustaining economic growth, ensuring national security, and promoting environmental sustainability.”

Mr. Tahir also used the opportunity to express the SPE Nigerian Council’s support for the country’s candidacy to host the headquarters of the African Energy Bank, citing Nigeria’s potential and leadership in the energy sector.

In his keynote speech, the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC, Mr. Mele Kolo Kyari, emphasised the critical importance of bridging the energy access gap to the creation of economic prosperity of the country. To bridge the energy access gap in Nigeria, Kyari said NNPC was working on developing the right infrastructure to deliver oil and gas to drive prosperity for Nigerians.

“We are committed to develop­ing gas infrastructure across the country,” Kyari stated, stressing that the company’s commitment was not just a statutory require­ment of the Petroleum Industry Act, but a pledge to ensure energy security beyond fuel supply.

“We are dedicated to invest­ing in critical infrastructure to enhance economic prosperity by supplying gas to the domestic market, targeting at least 8 billion cubic meters,” Kyari added.

In his address, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, represented by Engr. Busari Kamoru, stated that the federal government has identified transportation, infrastructure, and security as key priority areas in tackling the energy deficit in the sector as these will bring about stability, growth, and sustenance of a better energy sector.

“Nigeria has the potential to transition towards a more sustainable energy future by improving on the key areas of infrastructure, transportation and security while also embracing research and innovations towards renewable energy and fostering collaboration between various stakeholders,” Lokpobiri said.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, represented by Mrs. Oluremi Komolafe, in his State of Industry address, said that the shift towards gas is not merely an option but a necessity towards Nigeria’s economic resilience.

“Our enormous gas resources present a unique opportunity to diversify our revenue streams to reduce dependence on oil to create a more robust and sustainable economic foundation,” Ekpo said.

SPE Nigeria Council is a non-profit professional organisation dedicated to the advancement of the petroleum engineering profession and the dissemination of technical knowledge in the oil and gas industry. The Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum, SPE OLEF, is in commemoration of the first commercial oil discovery in Nigeria by Shell D’Arcy at Oloibiri, Bayelsa State in 1956.

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