NNPC Ltd urges enhanced collaboration among upstream operators to overcome challenges in Nigeria's oil and gas sector

EVP Upstream, Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan making her speech on the occasion.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) has emphasized the need for increased cooperation among upstream operators, particularly independent producers, to address the obstacles impeding the optimal exploitation of divested assets in the country's oil and gas sector. 

During a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at the 2024 Nigerian International Energy Summit (NIES 2024) in Abuja, Mrs. Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, the company's Executive Vice President for Upstream, underscored the importance of deeper collaboration to tackle the issues hindering the efficient development of these assets.

Speaking on the theme: “Innovation, Collaboration, and Resilience: Empowering Independent Producers in the Dynamic Energy Era”, Eyesan stated that past experiences with divestments and how the assets were operated have left much to be desired as most of them experienced a drop in production rather than growth.

“In the industry, if you want to measure success, there are some basic indicators that you utilise – production growth, reserves growth, and asset integrity. If I were to evaluate prior investment initiatives and scale the actors using these indices, I will be untrue to myself if I say everybody has done well. Yes, we acquired the assets; but today, we are worse off in terms of production than we were when we did the acquisition,” the EVP lamented.

She, however, acknowledged that there were some success stories in the operations of the independent producers.
According to a press release signed by Olufemi O. Soneye, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, NNPC Ltd, Eyesan identified some of the challenges to include insecurity, lack of finance, and lack of technological capacity, stressing that with collaboration among industry players, the challenges could be surmounted.

“Collaboration cannot be overemphasized. Somebody said we should be in a state of emergency, and I totally agree with that. It’s not by sitting here and talking about the challenges, I think we should have a war room where we raise the issues and set out concrete plans to resolve them rather than wait for stakeholders individually to take them on. We need collaboration, collaboration, and collaboration”, she enthused. 

The panel session had key players in the sector such as the Chief Executive Officer of Aradel Holdings, Mr. Adegbite Falade; Managing Director of SNEPCo, Mrs Elohor Aiboni; Managing Director of First E & P Development Company, Mr. Demola Adeyemi-Bero; and Chief Executive Officer, TotalEnergies, Mr. Matthieu Bouyer.

Others on the panel were the Chief Executive Officer, ExxonMobil Nigeria, Mr. Shane Harris; Chief Operating Officer, Oando Energy Resources, Dr Ainojie Alex Irune; and Director, Joint Venture, Chevron Nigeria, Mr. Cosmas Iwueze. 
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