Nigerian Gas Association witnessed Gastech 2023 conference, a prestigious gas event in Singapore where Nigerian Decade of Gas agenda was champion to the stage by corporate members’ support, such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and Nigeria LNG Limited.
Gastech is recognized as the world largest gathering of energy professionals, thereby a platform for discussing the most disturbing challenges and opportunities in the global energy sector by industrial leaders, innovators and experts.
NGA President, Akachukwu Nwokeli laid emphasis on the pivotal role of natural gas in the nation’s energy transition and also Nigeria’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions. In his words,
“Nigeria is at the forefront of the global energy landscape, and our participation at Gastech 2023 underscores our commitment to drive positive change in the industry. Natural gas is an indispensable catalyst for sustainable development and energy security, and we take great pride in spotlighting Nigeria’s vast potential in this sector.”
He added, “The Decade of Gas policy is propelling Nigeria to become a regional and global gas hub, offering economic opportunities and sustainable energy solutions. Our esteemed corporate members, NNPCL and NLNG, are pivotal in driving these initiatives, collaborating actively to advance Nigeria’s position as a prominent player in the global gas market. Their active participation at Gastech reinforced Nigeria’s commitment to responsible gas production for domestic use and export markets.”
The strong presence of NGA at Gastech 2023 underscored its commitment in facilitating collaboration, sharing knowledge and promoting Nigeria’s role in future global energy readjustment.
In a groundbreaking moment at Gastech 2023, supported by NGA, Dateline Energy Services emerges the first Nigerian Original Equipment Manufacturer to design a Liquefied Natural Gas, Coastal Carrier Barge. While DESL and CITRA SHIPYARD, a globally recognized shipbuilding company in Batam, Indonesia and a kick- off agreement was also signed at the event.
Dignitaries including Hon, Ekperikpe Ekpo, Honorable Minister of State of Petroleum, Mr Faruk Ahmed, Authority Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Ambassador Gabriel Tanimu Aduda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Julius Rone, UTM FLNG Limited, Mr. Akachukwu Nwokedi, President of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) and Mr. Ed Ubong, the immediate past NGA President and among other industry leaders witnessed the signing ceremony.
Jointly DESL AND CITRA adapted process engineering and designs crafted by DESL together with Nigerian Naval Dockyard Limited. This partnership aim at constructing two LNG “Gas Coastal Transportation Carrier Barges, tackling the issues of Gas Evacuation and distribution challenges Nigerian operators and other oil and gas producing countries faces.
Global investors have been attracted by this indigenous Nigerian concept, pre ordering the specialized marine craft, will contribute significantly to Nigeria economy once in operation.
NGA also made significant strides featuring in the all-important Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) discourse at Gastech 2023. The study group was represented by the Association’s DEI study Group Chairperson, Engr. Chichi Emenike and the Secretary, Ekomobong Alfred, at the conference.
Andrea Panczel, the global Chairperson of the Women in Energy Association met with the study group leaders, fostering collaboration between the DEI study group and women in Energy Network.
Consequently, the agreement of the stakeholders was that starting from 2024 Gastech in Houston, Texas, there will be an African women’s representation as panelists in subsequent Gastech conferences. Also Tracy Lothan, VP of Low Carbon Solutions, ExxonMobil, showed interest in collaborating with the DEI study group leaders.
In order to advance the commitment to fostering inclusive industry, NGA continues to promote DEI in the energy sector.