The 13th National Oil and Gas Strategic Conference & Exhibition held between the 18th and 21st of February 2013 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja featured the participation of several key individuals and exhibiting companies in the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector.
The four day conference kicked off with a cultural evening and a welcome dinner hosted by Chevron, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Shell.
The next day, Tuesday February 19, marked the first day of the conference as several sessions including topics on “Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Strategy in the Next Five Years – A New Dawn to Boost Investment & Production?” and “Gas, Power & Renewables – What has Been Achieved & Where are we Heading?” were deliberated upon.
Discussions on the third day of the conference centred on “Focus on Independents: How Are Indigenous Companies Transforming the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry?” and “Focus on the Petroleum Industry Bill– Is This A New Dawn for Nigeria?” with the latter session being chaired by the Energy Practice Partner of Odujinrin & Adefulu, Dr. Adeoye Adefulu. Speaking at the event, Dr. Adefulu expressed his optimism on the Bill being passed into law and stated that the uncertainty surrounding the passage of the Bill did not favour anyone (industry players, communities and the general public alike) as there has been wide spread clamour for the Bill to become operational.
The conference rounded up with a Nigerian Content Seminar which highlighted the opportunities afforded by the Nigerian Content Development Act as well as its challenges and accomplishments.