Ernest Nwapa, Nigerian oil industry local content czar and Bolaji Osunsanya, CEO of Oando’s gas subsidiary, will lead discussions at the annual awards ceremony of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
The two men will be speaking to the theme “Monetising Natural Gas To Transform Nigeria’s Economy”. PETAN is the umbrella body for technical/geoscience/engineering companies servicing the upstream segment of the Nigerian oil industry, potentially the continent’s largest hydrocarbon landscape.
The award dinner is the body’s annual ‘coming out party’, where service contractors socialise with the range of the industry’s technical and bureaucratic elite: senior international oil company (IOC) executives, independent and marginal field CEOs, Industry professionals and clients, Government Policy makers and political leaders. “PETAN Annual Oil Industry Achievement Awards Ceremony which will culminate provides a unique platform for close interaction between leading Nigerian Oil Service companies, to interact and share ideas on the Nigerian Oil Industry in a relaxed and conducive atmosphere”, the association says in a statement.
PETAN’s top award is the Industry Achievement Award. It will be granted to five distinguished personlaties: Funso Kupolokun, former Group Managing Director of the state hydrocarbon company NNPC; Joseph Akande, the industry’s first local content czar (and a very aggressive one, to boot), Emeka Okwosa, CEO of Oilserv, a company with the largest share of the construction market for crude oil and gas pipelines in the country; Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, CEO of Nestoil and Chris Baywood Ibe.
The Petroleum Technology Association of (PETAN) is an association of Nigerian Technical Oilfield service companies in the upstream and downstream sectors of the Oil industry.
The Dinner and Awards Ceremony is strictly by invitation and will take place at the Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, in the eastern Niger Delta Basin.