The 19th Annual edition of Offshore West Africa Conference and Exhibition took place at The Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, Nigeria on 20‐22 January 2015, to a record breaking international audience of almost 2,400 leading oil and gas industry professionals from more than 30 countries worldwide.
Under the Auspices of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Endorsed by the Department of Petroleum Resources Nigeria, with Diamond Sponsor, TOTAL, and Gold Sponsors Addax Petroleum and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Offshore West Africa once again addressed key technology and development issues for the West African offshore oil and gas market, through a comprehensive educational conference program and three‐day exhibition, under the theme “Managing West Africa’s Major Projects”.
The event began with the Opening Plenary Session to over 390 people, including a Welcome & Introduction by Mr. David Paganie, Chief Editor, Offshore Magazine, PennWell Corporation; Chairman’s Remarks from Mr. George Oguachuba, General Manager, Corporate Nig. Content, Venture Management & Corporate Geosciences, TOTAL Exploration & Production Nigeria; an International Operator Address by Mrs. Elizabeth Proust, Managing Director/Chief Executive, TOTAL Upstream Nigeria; an Industry Outlook from Ms. Rolake Akinkugbe, VP & Head, Energy and Natural Resources, FBN Capital. These were followed by a Goodwill Speech from Dr. Ernest Nwapa (D. MT, FNSE), Executive Sectretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board; and a Keynote Address from Engr. Jonathan Kwame Okehs, Group General Manager, NAPIMS, on behalf of Dr. Joseph T. Dawha, GMD, NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum.
The Opening Plenary was followed by the official opening of the 2015 Exhibition via a ribbon cutting by Engr. Jonathan Kwame Okehs, Group General Manager, NAPIMS, on behalf of Dr. Joseph T. Dawha, GMD, NNPC, and the Ministry of Petroleum. The three‐day Exhibition comprised of both prominent local and international organizations, displaying their latest products, services, technologies and industry innovations. Exhibitors included Total, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), NNPC, the Department of Petroleum Resources Nigeria, JC International, PETAN, DeltaAfrik, INTECSEA and Ariosh, many of whom have signaled their intention to exhibit once again at Offshore West Africa 2016.
On 21 January, a Keynote Address took place with Mr Wole Akinyosoye, Assistant Director ‐ Planning, on behalf of Mr. George Osahon, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria speaking on the Emergence of Indigenous Independents. On the morning of 22 January, the ever popular Local Content Panel Discussion took place with a full room of 150 delegates. Moderated by Mr. Nosa Omorodion, General Manager, National Content ‐ West Africa, Schlumberger, the panelists included Engr. Paul Zuhumben, General Manager, Projects and Operations on behalf of Dr. Ernest Nwapa (D. MT, FNSE), Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board; Mr. Dapo Oshinusi, Executive, PETAN; Mr. Nedo Osayande, General Manager, Shell Petroleum Development Company; Ms. Blessing Akintayo, Business Development Executive, Richardson Oil and Gas Ltd.; and Mrs. Enife Atobiloye, Lead Consultant, Human Leadership Resources.
For the first time, Offshore West Africa included a continuous professional development (CPD) program, supported by the Energy Institute. This Initiative is part of PennWell Corporation’s and Offshore West Africa‘s ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy to help with the West African region’s objective of developing a fully sustainable sector. As part of the collaboration between Offshore West Africa and the Energy Institute, a Youth Programme was held on 22nd January for a selected group of students and young professionals to attend the exhibition and listen to presentations from companies such as Total and Chevron as part of an Empowerment Workshop.
As part of the Closing & Awards Ceremony,sponsored by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), the Best Presentation Award was provided to Dr. Abili Nimi, Subsea Project Manager, ENI E&P Division, for the paper entitled Subsea Processing, a Strategic Approach to Realize Value on Offshore Marginal Field Development. As part of this closing ceremony, PennWell Corporation Conference Director, David Paganie announced the return of Offshore West Africa to Lagos on 22‐24 March 2016 for its celebratory 20th Anniversary edition.
Glenn Ensor, Managing Director of PennWell Internationalstated “We are extremely pleased that Offshore West Africa 2015 has been so wonderfully received here in Lagos. Being the first event in our 19 year history to take place in Lagos, we are particularly thankful to all participants, including delegates, visitors, sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers at this years event as everyone involved has played a huge role in making the event such a success to which we are greatly appreciative for their efforts and commitment”
“We are proud to have brought together a record attendance of more than 2,350 attendees. Lagos, and Nigeria as a whole, has been an excellent host and we are delighted to be coming back here to the Eko Hotel & Suites in March 2016. We invite you all to join us for what we believe will be another great event for all concerned. ” concluded Mr. Ensor.
Offshore West Africa promotes opportunities in the West African marketplace with numerous recent discoveries heightening the need for new intelligence, technology and investment. Offshore West Africa is well versed in providing highly specialized, market leading and thought provoking information, and for further information on the event and the upcoming 2016 event, please visit www.offshorewestafrica.com.