Barkindo, Kyari, others to speak at Nigeria’s energy correspondents conference

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The National Association of Energy Correspondents (NAEC) says its 2021 conference will hold on Nov. 2 .

Mr Olu Phillips, Chairman, NAEC, made the announcement in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos.

Phillips said the conference would combine attributes of both physical and virtual due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The theme of the conference is: “PIA: Energy Transition and The Future of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas.”

He said : This year’s conference is aimed at attracting global industry players, as well as policy makers in the country.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria recently declared 2021 to 2031 as “A Decade of Gas.”

“In view of this, the conference will give both government and industry players the opportunity to explain to Nigerians and the world; the expected derivable benefits from a gas-propelled economy.”

According to him, another major objective is to escalate discussions on the recently passed Petroleum Industry Act, PIA and the future of the nation’s energy sector.

He assured all stakeholders of robust and balanced discourse, as the country forges ahead in its plan towards energy transition, and implementation of the PIA.

Phillips said the conference has become a flagship event that yearly attracts industry stakeholders, policy makers and interested public.

He said that Mr Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General, Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), would be the Special Honorary Conference Chairman.

Phillips said the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, would deliver the Special Ministerial address.

According to him, the Group Managing Director, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Mele Kyari, is expected to deliver the keynote address.

Other speakers expected at the conference include: Mr Sarki Auwalu, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources, and Managing Directors of Chevron, ExxonMobil, Total, Shell, Seplat, Addax, Oando, Ikeja Electric and Aiteo.

Also expected at the NAEC conference are the Chief Executive Officers of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Standards Organisation of Nigeria and other stakeholders.

The conference will take place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.