NAPE is elated to announce that its flagship Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE), which is perhaps the largest gathering of earth scientists and other stakeholders in the oil and gas space in Sub Saharan Africa is set to take place in Lagos. This year’s AICE is the 37th edition with the theme:  “Expanding Nigeria’s Petroleum Landscape: Digitalization, Innovation and Emerging New Technologies”.  The event   is slated to hold from November 17-21, 2019 at the Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Conference  will host speakers who are high level industry practitioners, key personnel in government and the academia, delivering technical papers on six (8) sub-themes namely:

  • Petroleum Business and Regulatory Environment
  • Basin Analysis, Petroleum System Characterization and modeling
  • Advances in Geophysics
  • New Technology Applications in Exploration and Production
  • Contributions of Indigenous/Marginal Field Operators
  • Talent Management, Capacity Building and the Next Generation of E&P Managers
  • Alternative Energy Resources
  • Exploration and Production Activities and the Environment

The Opening Ceremony holds on Monday 18th November, 2019.  Mallam Mele K. Kyari, the Group Managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), will be the Special Guest of Honour.

The following are some observations about the Nigerian Petroleum landscape:

  1. Nigeria is at risk of long-term disruption to oil and gas supplies, power generation, a collapse of industries and significant loss of revenue due to continued reduction in hydrocarbon exploration activities. Reduction in hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation has dire consequences for a country like Nigeria with a mono-economy hinged on crude oil.
  2. Procurement and Contracting cycles in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry is about 36 months making it the longest and most inefficient in the World. The long contracting cycle results in high levels of uncertainties in costing and planning thereby creating a sluggish business climate.
  3. Insecurity, oil theft and illegal refining are bigger threats to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria than the declining price of oil. The current low oil price is rather a reflection of an over-supply of oil in the world market.
  4. In Nigeria, the low oil price regime has led to dwindling reserves, more burdens on foreign reserves, pressure on infrastructure and social services, inability to meet commitments to institutional lenders, and the list of untoward outcomes is long.
  5. Technology is the heart of all the significant achievements in the oil and gas industry. The way hydrocarbon is discovered, developed and produced, has been impacted by evolutionary technologies that have emerged since the Drake well of 1859. But the challenge is how far Nigeria has travelled down the technology road.
  6. With the new era of disruption blowing across virtually all industries, now is the time to embrace new technology, as sustained low oil prices is driving the adoption of digitalization across the oil and gas industry.

It is against the backdrop of the foregoing that the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) will at its 37th Annual International Conference & Exhibition be deliberating on the petroleum business and the regulatory environment with a view to addressing the challenges of exploration and production in the onshore, offshore and Nigeria’s frontier basins, as well as seek new approaches for exploration and production in the Cretaceous and Cenozoic basins.

The Conference will also be beaming its searchlight on new technology application in exploration and production using big data, digitalization, data analytics, artificial intelligence opportunities, etc. Participants at the Conference will also be discussing the contributions of indigenous/ marginal field operators and the imperatives of growing national reserves and grooming the next generation of E&P professionals.

The event will have four major formats:

  1. Conference
  • Pre- Conference Workshop

The theme of the Pre- Conference Workshop which holds on Monday 18th November and starting at 9: 00am is Emerging Technologies and the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector: Global Trends and Regional Peculiarities. The Keynote Paper will be delivered by Herman Nieuwoudt, Director Oil Field services Sub Saharan Africa, Baker Hughes (BHGE).

The Pre-Conference Workshop is expected to set the tone for the entire conference. It is worthy to note that key pieces of legislation such as the Marginal Fields Act and the Deepwater Act were all based on templates that came out of previous NAPE Pre-Conference Workshop Communiqués.

  • The All Convention Luncheon holds on Tuesday 19th November at 12: 30pm and will feature Professor Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Chairman Fasmicro Group as Keynote Speaker. He will be speaking on the theme: Disrupters, Innovators and Influencers: Changing the International Business Landscape. The event will provide a platform to network with key executives in the global oil and gas industry as well as key stakeholders in the Nigerian economy.
  • Management Session

The Management session has the theme: Gas Monetization in Nigeria – Need for Concise Strategy. It holds on Wednesday 20th November at 10:00am. The key objectives of the Management Session is to exchange views on how best to meet fiscal, infrastructural, and systemic challenges in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

  1. Exhibition

The Exhibition will showcase   the latest technologies, products, services and competencies from major IOCs and Indigenous operators in the upstream sector of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. There will be a dedicated pavilion for banks/financial institutions/Universities/Other Professional associations.

  1. Industry Awards

The Awards / Recognition Night, which is the biggest social event of the conference takes place on Thursday 21st November and will recognize individuals, institutions and corporate entities that have advanced the learning and practice of the geosciences in Nigeria and globally. Other social events include the African Night on Tuesday 19th November, extending the warmth of African hospitality to all conference attendees.

  1. Learning Opportunities

The 37th Annual International Conference and Exhibition will also provide other learning opportunities which include the Young Professionals Programme, Short Courses and a one day Field Trip to showcase the dynamics of ocean waves on coastlines on the Lagos coastline jointly hosted by NAPE and Women in Geosciences and Engineers (WiGE), a sister association to NAPE.

The Women in Geosciences and Engineering Forum has the theme, Learn, Inspire, Connect- Empowering Women in a Digital Economy. The event will feature three outstanding females who have excelled in their professions: Olajumoke Adenowo, founder Awesome Treasures Foundation and Principal Partner AD Consulting and Yetunde Taiwo , Chief Executive Officer of the Anoh Gas Processing Company (AGPC).

The Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) is the umbrella association for persons involved in the professional application of geosciences and related disciplines to the exploration and production of oil and gas in the country. It has over 12,000 strong membership which cuts across the oil & gas industry. Founded in 1975, the Association’s flagship Annual International Conference and Exhibition holds every year.


Ajibola Oyebamiji, FNAPE            Alex N. Tarka, FNAPE, CPG             Abdullateef Amodu


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