Total at 2015 NOG Conference & Exhibition
The 15th edition of the Nigeria Oil & Gas Conference (NOG) presented another
opportunity for Total to demonstrate its commitment to the future of the country
Held from 16 to 19 March 2015 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, the forum helped Total to demonstrate the company’s long-term commitments in Nigeria through investments in big projects such as Ofon Phase 2, Egina, and OML 58 Upgrade onshore Niger Delta. The theme of this year’s conference was: “The Journey towards Transformation.”
Ofon phase 2 and Egina are key projects for Total and Nigeria. The Ofon project recently achieved flare-out in its operations. This milestone achievement illustrates our commitment to developing oil and gas resources around our existing hubs in Nigeria. It was achieved in a context of high levels of local content. The flare-out on Ofon is also significant for Total’s environmental targets; representing a 10% reduction in The Group’s E&P flaring and a clear demonstration of Total’s commitment to the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership promoted by the World Bank. The Ofon field is located 65 kilometres from Nigerian shores in water depths of 40 metres.
Egina, currently under development, is Total’s second deepwater project after Akpo. Located in Block 130, deep offshore, Nigeria Egina is expected to add 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to Nigeria’s production at the peak, when completed in 2017.
Total mounted an impressive exhibition booth at the conference in which valuable information on these projects was made public. In addition to projects, the exhibition also illustrated the company’s contributions in the areas of capacity development and critical skills transfer through the Institute of Petroleum Studies and other initiatives, improvement in educational and medical infrastructure in several communities of the country, economic empowerment, adherence to the Nigerian Content law and Health, Safety & Environmental protection.
The Group Managing Director of the national oil corporation, the NNPC Dr Joseph Thlama Dawha who represented Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum, was among very important visitors to the Total pavilion.
“The NOG, from its humble beginning in 2004 has become a rallying point for industry regulators, operators and other stakeholders, offering them platforms to x-ray issues in the oil and gas industry”, said Dr Dawha at the opening ceremony.
Total’s delegation to the NOG was led by the Managing Director, Mrs. Elisabeth Proust who is also the Chairman of the Oil Producers Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mrs. Proust called for collaboration among stakeholders in the oil and gas industry as a means to overcome the liquidity squeeze facing the sector. She spoke during the Oil and Gas Industry Leaders’ Panel Session.
“It is a difficult time that we face together and there is fear amongst the companies, contractors and communities. I believe that it is time we face this together - all the companies, communities, contractors - we need to be optimistic and adapt very quickly. We need to prepare to face this low period with this level of price, and it is going to have a long-term impact, not a short-term impact on our businesses.” she said.
Other members of the panel session were the Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited & Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor; the Chairman & Managing Director of ExxonMobil Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Nola O’Neal and the Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Addax Petroleum Nigeria, Mr. Cornelis Zegelaar.
The conference was rounded off with the Nigerian Local Content Seminar, sponsored by Total that featured industry leaders and regulators.