The President of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE Alex Tarka has lent his voice to the urgent need for infrastructure development as key to a vibrant and sustainable oil and gas industry in Nigeria. He stated this during a virtual press briefing, moderated by the Publicity Secretary of NAPE, Abdullateef Amodu, to herald the 38th edition of NAPE’s (Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists) November 2020 International Conference and Exhibition with the theme, “Accelerating Growth in Nigeria’s Hydrocarbon Reserves: Emerging Concepts, Challenges and Opportunities.”
For him and everyone in attendance, technology and infrastructure are both bedrocks and also a sine qua non. Quoting him he said: “Technology is at the heart of all the significant achievements in the oil and gas industry. The way hydrocarbon was discovered, developed and produced has been impacted by revolutionary technologies that have emerged since the Drake Well of 1859.” Maintaining therefore that Nigeria must move with the train or risk being embroiled in a long drawn, long term oil and gas supply disruptions ever imagined or recorded since exploration and production began.
Going almost virtual for the first time since its formation in 1975 resulting from covid-19, nevertheless has assembled experts with vast knowledge of the industry to exhaustively address several pre-workshop conference and technical papers, all of which are billed to start on November 16 2020.
Some of the papers, as a tip of the iceberg, will include among others, “How Best to Accelerate Nigeria’s Reserves Growth Opportunities, Finding Novel Concepts and Approaches in Geophysics, as well as Understanding the Emerging Technical and Current Applications in Exploration and Production.” A constructive swipe will also be provided on several other issues across the industry value chain, which will include Health, Safety, Security and the Environmental among others.