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Bouncing back: High-impact well activity set to rebound this year after 2021 slump, Rystad Says

Drilling of high-impact oil and gas prospects is set to rebound this year after a disappointing 2021, when success rates plunged towards record lows, Rystad Energy research shows. These critical wells have found hydrocarbons 47% of the time so far this year, up from a measly 28% for 2021. With more than four months still to go in 2022, discovered volumes from high-impact wells have nearly quadrupled to over 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) – a positive sign for global hydrocarbon supply.

A total of 33 high-impact wells are set to be drilled this year, the largest annual number since Rystad Energy started tracking the sector in 2015. This is only slightly more than last year’s 29 high-impact probes, which only yielded 450 million boe because of the low success rate.

Rystad Energy classifies high-impact wells through a combination of factors, including the size of the prospect, whether they would unlock new hydrocarbon resources in frontier areas or emerging basins, and their significance to the operator.

Bucking recent trends, discovered liquids have accounted for 1.2 billion boe or almost 70% of the volumes this year, while gas discoveries total about 550 million boe. In previous years, gas discoveries have vastly outnumbered liquids volumes. This year’s reversal is mainly due to two significant oil offshore discoveries in Namibia – TotalEnergies’ Venus and Shell’s Graff.

“Last year was disappointing for discovering gas and liquid volumes from high-impact wells, but 2022 is on track to make up for that slump. If the success rate seen in the first half of 2022 holds for the full year, we could be in for one of the most productive annual volumes total on record,” says Rystad Energy senior analyst Taiyab Zain Shariff.

Of the 33 expected high-impact wells this year, 19 have already been completed, four are in progress, and 10 are scheduled to be completed before next year. More than half of the wells drilled so far in 2022 are considered a “focus for the company,” indicating that more operators are narrowing their geographical range of exploration and focusing on core regions instead of frontier areas.

The global oil majors and other exploration and production companies account for more than 60% of the high-impact wells completed this year. Majors have drilled eight high-impact wells, of which four resulted in commercial discoveries: TotalEnergies’ Venus and Shell’s Graff oil discoveries in Namibia, ExxonMobil’s Fangtooth oil find in Guyana, and Eni’s XG-002 gas discovery in the UAE.

More than 45% of wells completed so far in 2022 are in South America and Africa, followed by Australia and Europe with 16% each of completed wells. By individual country, Australia accounted for the most completed high-impact wells with three, followed by Guyana and Namibia with two wells each.

Of the 19 high-impact wells completed this year, 47% resulted in a commercial discovery, with the rest either dry or uncommercial and one still awaiting results. Only one find was a pure oil discovery, while the rest were either gas or liquids with associated gas. This year’s success rate is almost equivalent to 2020, which was one of the most successful years in volumes from high-impact wells.

We expect 14 high-impact wells to be completed or spudded for the rest of this year, six of them by majors. Eni operates two of the four high-impact wells currently being drilled. The first is the Cronos-1 well in Block 6 off Cyprus, which is drilled at a water depth of around 2,350 meters targeting a Cretaceous play. The other is the Dan Tranh-1X well in Block 115/09 off Indonesia, targeting a newly identified Miocene play in the emerging Song Hong Basin. The other two in-progress wells are the much-awaited, play-opening Rencong well operated by Repsol in the Andaman-III block off Indonesia, and Shell’s Jaca-1 well in Block 6 in the frontier Rio Muni basin of Sao Tome & Principe. That well reached its total depth last week and is undergoing completion and evaluation.

The rest of the wells planned for this year are distributed throughout Africa and the Americas, with some exciting wildcats to watch in Southeast Asia as well. Most of these are classified “focus for the company,” followed by wells in frontier basins. The frontier wildcats will be interesting to watch as they may open entirely new petroleum regions. These include Kuwait’s first offshore probe in 32 years, where Halliburton has a contract to drill six high-pressure, high-temperature (HP/HT) exploration wells for state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. If successful, this campaign could help restart Kuwait’s offshore legacy fields after a long hiatus.

For more analysis, insights and reports, clients and non-clients can apply for access to Rystad Energy’s Free Solutions and get a taste of our data and analytics universe.


Taiyab Zain Shariff
Senior Analyst
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Elliot Busby
Media Relations Manager
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About Rystad Energy
Rystad Energy is an independent energy research and business intelligence company providing data, tools, analytics and consultancy services to the global energy industry. Our products and services cover energy fundamentals and the global and regional upstream, oilfield services and renewable energy industries, tailored to analysts, managers and executives alike. Rystad Energy’s headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway with offices in London, New York, Houston, Aberdeen, Stavanger, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Bangalore, Tokyo, Sydney and Dubai.

Elliot Busby

Media Relations Manager



The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition


The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition, which is officially endorsed by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy Mozambique (MIREME) and co-organised in partnership with ENH, will take place in-person from 14 – 15 September 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center in Maputo.

From 14 – 15 September 2022 the Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition will reconvene key Mozambican Government, Ministerial and industry stakeholders with international investors, project developers, and private sector value chain participants to engage in G2G, G2B and B2B networking, develop bilateral and local partnerships and exchange knowledge and best practices.

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Welcome To The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition

The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition will take place in person on 14 – 15 September 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center in Maputo, convening national and international energy industry leaders to discuss policies, project developments and the energy transition with the Government of Mozambique, IOCs, NOCs and SMEs.

The event promotes the development of local content, with an international, high visibility conference and exhibition that enhances the development of SMEs and entrepreneurship in the country as well as serving as a platform to share updates on policy and regulation and information on financial support opportunities available for start-ups in Mozambique.

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The 7th Mozambique Gas & Energy Summit & Exhibition, which is officially endorsed by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy Mozambique (MIREME) and co-organised in partnership with ENH, will take place in-person from 14 – 15 September 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Center in Maputo.

Meet and build relations with over 3000 industry professionals working and collaborating to evolve the Mozambican energy landscape to ensure long-term future success for the country and its citizens within the global energy community.

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By Toyin Akinosho

The speedboat sped through the broad crumpled surface of water, making ripples of foamy liquids as we raced past civilisation. We were leaving the hive of activity at the Escravos jetty, a busy “river car park” filled with large and small boats anchored on concrete pavements, situated a short distance away from the oil terminal and tank farm owned by Chevron, an oil producing company.

A bank of clouds was building on the horizon. The water body seemed to be filled to the brim. Time and again I had the distinct feeling that our boat was floating involuntarily, jerking forward and backward; we were traversing a mountainous body of fluid, dancing on it, bumping into invisible potholes as we hurried along.

Our destination was GBOKODA, another riverine settlement off the main course of the Benin River, the main water way running the length of Delta State.

Fate was playing some prank. The first and last time I ever made a long journey on water, I was going from IGBOKODA, a riverine enclave in Ondo State, to AIYETORO.

My mission was to report on the crumbling of that miniature socialist community on the shores of the Atlantic. That was in the Easter of 1985.

I was a full-time journalist then, working for the Guardian of Lagos.

The present journey took place in the Easter of 1990, five years later. I had made the transition into full time petroleum geoscientist, working for Chevron Nigeria.

This trip was an experience broadening trip, my superiors called it, to understand how field geophysicists gathered the seismic data that I and other ‘interpreters’ used in the office to generate reservoir maps.

An inner voice told me that for me, Igbokoda, had a relationship deeper than similarity of names, to Gbokoda, an Itsekiri Village where I was heading exactly five years later. Both settlements thrive on sea food, their people’s lives are anchored on the tide and waves. Each of them speaks a rhythmic dialect that is a branch off the mainstream Yoruba language.

My mind moved away from sociology to the scenery. I took in the hedgerows of green trees that defined the width of the waterway. They were far apart on both sides of the corridor and seemed to converge in the far distance, where they attempted to meet the sky. We passed a wooden jetty, populated by a gathering of villagers.

A distinguished village chief, attired in formal traditional wear, waved to us as if our boat was his private property. I waved back in jest. At another gangplank up river, one young woman dipped a basket-like net into the water, hoping to catch a stray fish. She failed, and waved to us when she noticed that I was intensely staring at her.

Time and again, the boat driver would reduce the speed for an upcoming canoe, whose driver would have to roll quickly in order that his vehicle was not capsized by the massive ripples churned up by the engine. But then the desperation on the face of the canoe driver depended on the condition of his canoe. Some of the canoe drivers we passed by were calm, seeming to have more fun running their canoe out of danger than we had manipulating our speed boat for the entire stretch of the journey. “Well maintained” canoes did not have to worry much about up-coming speed boats”, our speed boat driver told me, especially in the open river. These people are masters of water. They know the route better.”

Presently, the front rows of trees gave way to a cluster of raffia huts. In front of one, a group of five boys tackled themselves in a game of football, kicking up more sand and marsh than they succeed in kicking the round leather object.

In every Village along our route, inhabitants surveyed our boats with some interest as if it reminded them of one belonging to a distant cousin. They broke into smiles and greeted us. In one village, one naked girl standing with her mother looked so enthusiastic; she waved the cup with which she was bathing at us.

Soon we branched off the main “highway” into a darker cavernous route where the trees seemed to close in on us. The water was calmer, greener, and in places, very muddy. The roots of the trees were almost as dark as soot. Most of the trees, even though they formed broad canopies, stood like gangling footballers frozen at some stage of motion.

Two tall trees standing like pillars, faced us at a fixed spot. They looked like some transfixed characters out of D.O Fagunwa’s A Forest of Thousand Demons.

 The boatman deftly manoeuvred our vehicle in these narrow creeks, steering it out of harm’s way, just when I was afraid we were going to bump into some tangled undergrowth in the mangrove. Each time he did so, we entered a curved exit out of the narrow creek, and entered another narrow creek.

Nature was at peace here. There were no birds chirping close by. No sound of crickets. But I saw a villager in the shade of trees sleeping off in his canoe and an old woman busy fixing her fishing net.

People’s homes emerged out of stilts. Sights of family cooking in the canoe were common.

We emerged from the serene setting of the narrow rivulet and hit the broad open river again. The sun glared harshly, but the breeze tempered the heat.

Suddenly an outcrop emerged from of the river, stretching out for a few hundred meters. It merged into mud at a junction where the main water way meets with another branching creek leading away into a location of an oil rig belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. But we did not stop. Instead, we continued along the broadway.

Down the ‘road’, some beautiful hedgerows of trees gave way to some rig location. Now I notice; each time we spot a rig location along the route, I noticed that huge masses of once verdant wood had been hacked down on the marsh. It is the environmental price we pay in exchange for oil money.

From the broadway, we veered off into another corridor, this one much wider than the narrow routes we had traversed along the journey. The water surface was almost as crumpled as in the open river. We passed by some wooden poles, on which were affixed some electric devices.

A school wheezed past. A row of house boats. Then, a community bigger than we had come across since the journey began 90 minutes earlier. Welcome to

Gbokoda Village.

Culled from Chevron News, published in 1990

TOYIN AKINOSHO wrote about one of his field trips on the job as a geologist in Chevron Nigeria’s exploration department.


Egypt Plans to Put out the Flares with Baker Hughes’ flare.IQ Technology


Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Baker Hughes Partner to Reduce Emissions from Flaring Operations

  • Baker Hughes’ flare.IQ technology to support Egypt’s decarbonization targets by managing and reducing methane emissions at an Alexandria-area refinery
  • Flare emissions management project is Phase 1 of wider flare recovery initiative in Egypt
  • Partnership marks first downstream deployment for flare.IQ in Egypt and comes ahead of COP27 in November 2022, to be hosted in Sharm El-Sheikh

Baker Hughes and Petrosafe, a subsidiary of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), have announced a contract that will mark the first deployment of Baker Hughes’ flare.IQ technology in refinery operations in Egypt to help reduce emissions from oil and gas flaring operations.

This initial phase of a broader flare recovery partnership will be implemented at the APC Refinery in Alexandria. The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (MoPMR) aims to reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of oil and gas operations as part of its ambitious aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from this sector.

Methane is one of the most harmful forms of emissions — 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period*. Incomplete combustion of flared gas is one of the major source of methane emissions across the oil and gas industry. By using flare.IQ technology from Panametrics, a Baker Hughes business, EGPC will further digitalize its emissions management infrastructure and pull critical information about its flare systems, substantially reducing emissions by ensuring a higher-efficiency flare combustion rate.

The contract comes at a significant moment as Egypt prepares to host the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in November and contributes to the Global Methane Pledge.

“Our flare recovery partnership with Baker Hughes is an important step in Egypt’s Petroleum Sector Modernization program as we start implementing MoPMR projects included within Egypt’s Climate Change Strategy 2050, as announced in May 2022,” said H.E. Tarek El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. “Phase one of the partnership, the deployment of flare.IQ, will support our flare recovery ambitions, which is one of our Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in support of the Paris Agreement objectives. We look forward to seeing the impact of flare.IQ help improve the quality of life for residents near the Alexandria plant and anticipate extending the scope to include other refineries across Egypt.”

“Better understanding and managing emissions is central to the oil and gas industry’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our partnership with MoPMR demonstrates how Baker Hughes continues to collaborate with our customers in taking positive action in emissions management,” said Rami Qasem, executive vice president of Digital Solutions at Baker Hughes. “This partnership with MoPMR supports its ambitious low-carbon strategy, and further underlines Egypt’s commitment to be at the forefront of tackling emissions in the oil and gas sector, as we approach COP 27.”

The contract follows the memorandum of understanding that was signed by the two companies in February 2022. The partnership between Baker Hughes and EGPC aims to establish and drive a flare recovery initiative to support emissions recovery and reduction across Egypt’s upstream and downstream oil and gas operations.

A Baker Hughes Statement says: “Part of the Baker Hughes Climate Technology Solutions portfolio, flare.IQ is fast, accurate, reliable, easy to deploy and cost effective. It has a proven track record in optimizing flare operations, achieving steam savings and significantly reducing methane emissions”.


South Sudan – the Emerging Hub for East African Petroleum Sector Growth

By James Chester, Senior Director at Energy Capital & Power (


A few years ago, East Africa was primarily viewed as a venue for offshore exploration, and before its independence in 2011, South Sudan was more likely to be seen as a North African producer, as part of Sudan. But motivated governments and explorers have changed the picture.

Today, Kenya is a small-scale oil producer and Uganda has approved a massive oil development in its Lake Albert region and a refinery and export pipeline. Tanzania will export Uganda’s oil and will build its own LNG facilities to monetize its huge gas reserves. Somalia has embarked on a licensing round, as has the DRC.

South Sudan has its own unique place at the center of a wider Nile Basin-East Africa hydrocarbons-rich area that perfectly positions the country as the hub for petroleum industry services and exploration.

Measurable change has happened

In 2017, when Energy Capital & Power ( (then Africa Oil & Power) produced its first conference in Juba, the country was re-emerging from a fresh bout of conflict in 2016, visas were only available if you had contacts in-country to invite and process you, two out of the three joint operating companies (JOC) were not producing oil, and Juba did not have a functioning power grid. The country had only one intercity paved road, going to Uganda.

This year, as we plan the fifth edition of the South Sudan Oil & Power ( event series – taking place on 13-14 September 2022 at the Radisson Blu, Juba – the city and the country can show great progress. Juba now has its own power station and grid and more projects are in place in regional cities. Peace has largely held since the revitalized peace agreement of 2018 and the formation of the revitalized transitional government of 2020. All three JOCs are producing oil (albeit not without challenges still to overcome).

An e-visa system is in place – my last visa was processed in two hours – and Juba is now served regularly by Turkish Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, and many others. New paved roads are already linking South Sudan’s cities.

There is no reason not to check out Juba and the country’s progress.

The energy industry, as the engine of the economy, has made huge steps forward since that first conference in 2017. Last week I met with Hon. Minister of Petroleum Puot Kang Chol and sat down with the Hon. Undersecretary Awow Daniel Chuang, and heard about the latest developments.

The Logical Service Point for the Region

South Sudan’s first ever licensing round is underway and closing in 2023. South Sudan is not just making the licenses available, it has built its own data facility in Juba and has purchased its own aircraft to undertake aerogravity surveys of the country. With the majority of South Sudan unexplored and producing areas to explore further, the government knows it has high potential assets to market to oil and gas companies – but that data is critical.

Until last year, South Sudan did not control its own industry and exploration data. It now has world class facilities.

As we discussed with the Undersecretary, with its new data rooms, its existing production and its drive to bring new investors, South Sudan is the logical service point for the entire East African petroleum industry – especially in exploration. With South Sudan’s unique position bridging the Nile Basin and Rift Valley areas, it is even more relevant as a hub for exploring a petroleum rich area that extends from Egypt through Sudan to Uganda, Kenya and beyond.

In the midstream and downstream sector, a focus on new solutions and partnerships is driving innovation in a previously underdeveloped segment. Trinity Energy, working with Chemex Global, has been building a refinery project that will provide fuel to South Sudan and neighboring countries. National oil company Nilepet and its state owned South African partner the Strategic Fuel Fund have embarked on the Nile Orange Energy Project, that will include a pipeline and refinery.

Many other midstream developments are in the works to meet the demands of a growing nation and a region of almost half a billion people.

South Sudan’s first ever licensing round is underway and closing in 2023. South Sudan is not just making the licenses available, it has built its own data facility in Juba and has purchased its own aircraft to undertake aerogravity surveys of the country.

Private Sector is Key

Instrumental to all of this, in addition to the commitment of South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum and other government entities, is the South Sudanese private sector.

Private companies have grown from strength to strength in recent years, providing real competition to each other and to Chinese and international service companies. A wide range of exploration and production services are now available from these firms.

We see these companies as the real future of the industry in South Sudan and the region. They will be the local partners that will help international investors succeed on the ground. They will establish South Sudan’s new reputation as the regional industry hub. They will drive down costs, raise quality and train and employ South Sudan’s youth.

Serious barriers to entry and growth remain in South Sudan. It is important that these are examined – as they will be at South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 in September – and that they are dismantled. But the private sector and the government are serious about South Sudan’s future. They have a vision for where the country should be positioned within the regional energy industry.

To investors and international companies that wish to not only understand South Sudan’s energy potential, but also that of the Nile Basin and East Africa: You are invited to come and experience the reality of South Sudan today. Your investment, technology and hard work alongside great partners can help realize that national vision, and position your company for growth.

Experience South Sudan, learn about its energy opportunities and meet the private sector and government leaders at South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 on 13-14 September 2022 in Juba. Visit to register.


Falcon, NDWestern, FHN Form an SPV For Gas Infrastructure in the Lagos Free Zone


A consortium of companies including Falcon Corporation, ND Western Midstream Limited and FHN Gas Limited, has been selected to build exclusively, own, and operate a NaturalGas distribution infrastructure network within the Lagos Free Zone (LFZ) (To actualize this opportunity, the Consortium shall incorporate a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV): Optimera Energy LFZ Enterprise (Optimera Energy) within the Lagos Free Zone (LFZ).

The consortium parties signed a Gas Infrastructure Development Agreement with the Lagos Free Zone to formalize this engagement.

“The Optimera consortium is made up of like-minded shareholders passionate about a common goal: accelerating the further growth of domestic gas utilization in Nigeria”, declares Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, MD, Optimera Energy. “Having reliable dedicated gas supply infrastructure installed in the LFZ adds tremendous value to existing industrial concerns and will increase the Zone’s attractiveness to future customers.”

Ezigbo notes that the endeavour would be a big step towards actualizing the objectives of the ‘Decade of Gas’ initiative, of which gas-based industrial growth is a significant part. “The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) provides the necessary regulatory environment for projects such as these to succeed in Nigeria. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) in this project’s development and operation phases.”

“The Consortium members bring over 50 years of experience and expertise in operating across the Natural Gas value chain from upstream production in the Niger Delta to downstream distribution to industries in Lagos. Our dedicated Project Team will work diligently with a strict adherence to the highest standards of safety, operational excellence, and regulatory compliance to deliver this project on time and under budget, as we have done within our respective portfolios.”

With Lekki Port’s construction slated to be completed in December 2022, the LFZ  “needed to secure a reliable arrangement to meet the energy needs of our fast-growing tenant base”, explains Dinesh Rathi, Managing Director & CEO of LFZ, “This is a unique transaction in the history of Nigeria’s downstream sector wherein a consortium formed of reputable upstream, midstream, and downstream companies have come together to ensure gas supply to LFZ, the sunrise economic epicentre of West Africa. Under this arrangement, the Consortium, through their special purpose vehicle, Optimera Energy, would deliver uninterrupted piped gas by early 2024 to all the enterprises within the Lagos Free Zone”.


Welltec becomes largest shareholder of Isealate AS


Welltec® A/S has announced the start of an exciting and exclusive partnership with Isealate AS.

Welltec is now the largest shareholder of Isealate, and will be exclusive global partner to the innovative company based in Stavanger, Norway, providing patented patch-thru-patch technology.

Chief Commercial Officer at Welltec, Tommy Eikeland, stated, “Well leaks and damages are among the primary concerns raised by our customers during the intervention and workover phase.  This acquisition perfectly complements our existing technology portfolio and adds a new dimension in terms of metal expandable capabilities.  Once fully integrated, we will be able to set patches and Welltec Annular Barrier technology on either wireline or drill pipe, providing our customers with the ultimate re-lining and repair solutions for well integrity”.

Isealate AS Founder and Board Member, Bengt Gunnarsson, was also available for comment – “The integration with Welltec will allow us to bring our unique technology to more operators and deliver it through a global partner with a proven track record.  In the meantime, this enables our team to fully focus on further development of the unique patch technology.”

“Welltec has a truly international field service organization and management support structure, along with unique engineering, mechanical and electronic capabilities, combined with in-house manufacturing capacities, which made them the obvious partner choice,” added Gunnarsson.

The Isealate patch
The downhole patches can currently be run on wireline and provide multiple benefits typically associated with straddles and larger steel patches without any compromise or trade-offs.  The ultra-slim patches have a variety of applications from water-shut off and leak repair, to damaged casing or completion repair, whilst managing to maintain a near full bore ID with minimal restrictions allowing patch-thru-patch operations.


Experts To Discuss Global Opportunities For Nigeria Energy Sector At NOG 2022, Abuja, Nigeria

The 21st edition of Nigeria’s foremost energy event, NOG Conference and Exhibition is set to hold in person at the International Conference Centre, Abuja from 4 – 7 July 2022.

dmg Nigeria events, the organisers of the event stated that NOG 2022 will host key stakeholders from across the global energy value chain to discuss unique opportunities for Nigeria’s energy resources in the face of global energy demand.

The conference will also discuss key issues such as financing opportunities for energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa, bridging infrastructure gap for improved domestic gas market, opportunities for indigenous companies in the PIA era, technology innovations for decarbonatization across the value chain, and other critical topics, that will help set the nation’s energy agenda for the next 12 months and beyond.

The conversation at this year’s conference is significant as the industry navigates the growing global demand for renewable energy and climate friendly sources of energy in the face of Africa’s unique energy mix requirements. Many industry leaders have also dubbed this to be an opportunity to seek a lasting solution to Africa’s energy poverty and bring the much-needed socioeconomic development.

As part of its commitment to the development of the Nigerian energy industry, NOG will also provide the opportunity to showcase and train industry stakeholders on best in class technology innovations across the value chain through its CPD certified NOG Technical Seminar. The Technical Seminar will host sessions in 5 different streams covering upstream operation, midstream, downstream, digitization and project management.

The NOG Conference and Exhibition annually hosts over 500 delegates, 300 exhibiting companies, 80 industry expert speakers and 40 sessions across 2 conference streams.

2022 Sponsors include: NNPC, Nigeria LNG Limited, Shell, Chevron, Total Energies, ExxonMobil, NCDMB, Prime Atlantic, DCPL, Coleman Wires And Cables, First E & P, ND Westers, Samsung, Nivafer, Russell Smith, Vurin Group, MG Vowgas, PE Energy Ltd, WAV, Trexm Chemicals, and MicCom to date.


About NOG Conference & Exhibition (NOG 2022)

For over 21 years, the NOG Conference & Exhibition has provided a platform for Presidents, Ministers, Heads of Governments Agencies and CEOs to discuss plans for policy, up-coming projects and solutions to current challenges in the industry.

NOG annually welcomes more than 500 senior level conference delegates, 80+ international speakers, 500 exhibiting companies and 4,000 exhibition visitors. Ensure you are part of this edition which is set to be larger than ever. To know more, visit:

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Flare stack optimization boosts safety, improves uptime, and reduces environmental impacts

Panametrics’ flare.IQ technology significantly reduces methane slip emissions, minimizes costs from flaring operations, and improves transparency for flare operations. flare.IQ is a full stream flare solution, covering assisted flares associated with downstream Petrochemical and refinery, all the way to unassisted flares associated with upstream operations.

Air or Steam Assisted Flares: By using flare.IQ and its patented algorithm, operators can pull critical information about their flare system, including temperature, pressure, vent gas velocities, and gas composition to calculate the optimum levels of flare performance and ensure 98%+ high-efficiency flare combustion.

Unassisted flares: CE% (Combustion Efficiency) and PEMS (Predictive Emissions Modeling System Governmental): The use of flare.IQ for unassisted flares – largely represented in Upstream Oil & Gas operations – provides live monitoring of the combustion efficiency to ensure real-time data reporting. While the gas composition is more stable than what is seen in Downstream operations, when combustion efficiency drops, it is captured immediately, and remediation actions can be taken by the operator. It also provides predictive emissions data by calculating the CO2 being released to the atmosphere. This solution is easy to deploy and is cost-effective when compared to the alternatives for monitoring emissions.

Deploying flare.IQ, operators can also verify flare meters remotely.  This helps ensure customers avoid any carbon tax penalties associated with flaring, but also improves efficiency and reduces the HSE risk of erecting scaffolding and deploying resources to manually verify flare meters.


For Africa’s Gas Agenda, Infrastructure is Key, Oilserv Insists


By Ahmed Gafar

Oilserv Limited, Nigeria’s top gas pipeline builder, has argued repeatedly for the full implementation of the country’s National Gas Master Plan (NGMP), first enunciated by the NNPC Ltd, the state hydrocarbon firm, in 2008.

Many aspects of the plan have struggled. The NGMP proposed three gas pipeline transmission systems, including a 1,200km north-south line, a 700km western system with 200km offshore extension and a 200km pipeline to interconnect the two. It asked gas producers to buy into some three large Central Processing Facilities (CPFs), each of them a 1 Billion standard cubic feet per day capacity plant, which will essentially become industrial parks.

Stacking Of The Akk Line Pipes

The Master Plan provides a pricing regime, mainly between gas producers and heavy users of gas, especially within the framework of the domestic gas obligation. But Oilserv has kept to the premise that the infrastructure to process the gas and move the molecules around the country must be in place, no matter the nature of conversation around pricing.

Now as Nigeria’s policy makers have constructed the energy transition in terms of rapid growth of natural gas utilization and coined the phrase “Decade of Gas: 2021-2030”, Oilserv says that the current government has picked up the slack.

“This current government in Nigeria has done quite a lot that they have not been given credit for”, declares Emeka Okwuosa, Oilserv Limited’s founder and Chief Executive. “I can tell you when President Buhari came into power, the AKK (Ajaokuta -Kaduna -Kano gas transmission line) was already under discussion since 2009, but never moved anywhere. Within two to three months of coming to power, he pushed it and said this must be done. And the government gave us support to navigate that process, especially the funding”.

“There’s a tender going on, on how to take most of the moribund distribution systems for petroleum products. We see them all over Nigeria, they are not functional. But we want to buy them over, rebuild them and make energy available, instead of having people transport petrol and diesel from Port Harcourt to Makurdi…

“The government has also been determined to have the Nigerian gas master plan fully executed because of the impact and that’s why we’re talking about the Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT) to Ajaokuta, which is the last leg.  There are also some programmes that the NNPC is midwifing, part of which are the seven gas programmes”.

Oilserv has been an integral part of the implementation of the country’s large, midstream gas infrastructure, both government led (NNPC) and private sector commissioned (Eg. Sanctioned by Shell, Oando Gas &Power, etc). “We have built more than 70% of all gas distribution systems in Nigeria”, Okwuosa says.

The company has announced the delivery of a significant percentage of its portion (which is 50%) of the AKK pipeline, a 40 inch by 614 kilometre gas line from the middle of the country to the far north. “We are executing 303 kilometres of the 40 inch line plus another 15 kilometre, 24 inch line to supply gas to the power plant that is envisaged to be built in Abuja. This is conceived by NNPC to move gas within Nigeria and achieve domestic Gas Utilization plants. Now, you have the western flank of it, which is the Escravos to Lagos pipeline, which is in existence. As we speak, there has been a second loop of 36 inch line, built”.

Oilserv was also involved in the east-west gas transmission facility OB3 (Oben to Obiafu-Obrikom), “which is the largest pipeline in terms of diameter- 48 inch diameter”, Okwuosa explains. The company was contracted to construct half of the 127 kilometre line. “Now we have commissioned our own portion of the line”, he says. OB3 was devised to move natural gas from the gas rich east of the country to the thriving gas market in the west. “You may wish to know that a lot of the gas that exists in Nigeria today lies between what we call south- south or south east”, he reiterates.

Stringing of Pipes along the Right of Way of the AKK Pipeline

“But utilization is all over Nigeria. The only way you can monetise this gas is to build the pipeline systems that will evacuate this gas. This interlink is important. Now we’re building AKK to Kano, but on the back of that is what actually will complete the South to North pipeline which is the Qua lboe – Cawthorne Channel / Alakiri and the Obigbo Gas Plant to OB3. The feed is from Obigbo load, then through Umuahia, Enugu and all the way to Ajaokuta. That feed is important and is already being conceptualized as we speak. As we finish AKK, that angle will come in and then that will make up the backbone of the Nigerian gas master plan. The rest will now be distribution lines or trunk lines that you want to take from maybe Zaria to Sokoto, Kano to Maiduguri and like we are planning to execute now within the southeast to move gas to Onitsha, Nnewi, Owerri, and all that. All those will be done and really there’s a lot to be done”, enthuses Okwuosa, a private sector businessman clearly excited to be connecting the dots in what is effectively a government mandated programme.

“Already Lagos is fed and like I mentioned, we (Oilserv) built the entire gas distribution systems in Lagos. There’s already another concept to move gas from the load in Shagamu to Ibadan (in the country’s southwest), Illorin, and then Jebba (towns in Nigeria’s North central). So all these form the gas distribution system. Nigeria needs gas to develop. And when we talk of energy transition, we have to transit from oil-based energy supply, which is crude oil itself and the constraints that come out of refining whether it’s for diesel, petrol or kerosene. You have to transit from that into gas first because gas is cleaner and is more available in Nigeria. And gas is not just available, it will last a long time of use in Nigeria.

Okwuosa believes, as many African leaders have proffered, that the move to natural gas prepares the ground for transition into renewables.

“We should go into renewables, but we should pay strong attention into gas distribution because that’s one thing that can change the face of Nigeria energy delivery system”.

Manual welding of the pipes on the AKK pipeline

He says that Oilserv has a transition stategy. “We sensitize it, and we review it regularly. Oilserv actually has six companies in the group. The Oilserv that is the flagship is the pipeline, Engineering and Construction Company, the EPC company, but that’s not all we do. We are into gas development right now. We’re working to build, own and of course operate gas networks. That means that we are also trying to address energy availability. Within our group, there’s an agricultural subsidiary and if you look at energy availability, as we speak today one of our companies is working closely with NNPC.

“There’s a tender going on, on how to take most of the moribund distribution systems for petroleum products. We see them all over Nigeria, they are not functional. But we want to buy them over, rebuild them and make energy available, instead of having people transport petrol and diesel from Port Harcourt to Makurdi, for example. It doesn’t make any sense because there’s a pipeline built many years ago, but really it’s not there anymore. It’s’ been damaged and it’s not being maintained. We are also addressing that.

“We’ve also gone into renewables. And we are not at this point developed in that. But we have a partnership with a German company to address the renewable sector, mostly about how we are able to utilize the principle of both green and blue hydrogen. We want to be able to generate power without having to damage the environment. We are already moving into that sector, but going into the new phase of energy delivery takes a lot of time to plan an investment”.

Okwuosa comes across as quite “understanding” of President Buhari’s challenges, but he takes the opportunity to speak up about the Nigerian investment risk, especially as it concerns the take-off of the renewable energy infrastructure.

“If you look at Nigeria, we also have some issues. In most countries in the world that have developed and are still developing this, there are frameworks to encourage this development by issue of tax rebate and pricing. You address the price issues, to make sure that the entry point in terms of costs for these alternatives will not be too high. Unfortunately, we don’t see any articulated situation like that in Nigeria”.

Railway haulage of the AKK Pipes: “We have built more than 70% of all gas distribution systems in Nigeria”, Okwuosa says.

Presently, he returns to natural gas, which, he keeps insisting, is at the heart of the African energy transition. “We get the gas right, then it’s easier for us to move into renewables. The Nigerian government has done a lot, but you know as a developing country, we are grappling with too many things. It’s about focusing on the right things that matter. But the point I’m making is, of course the Nigerian government has done a lot but they can do more. And what they can do more without going into specifics is basically to make it possible that environment should be encouraging for investment in renewables. If we do not deliberately do that, nobody will invest because you don’t invest to lose money. Investment is business. And it’s not government that should do that in terms of investing. Government should encourage the private sector to invest. That’s the key. Government built power plants about 20-30 years ago and realized that it’s not the way to go and sold them, because government is not best suited to run business. They can only encourage businesses. The renewable energy sector requires to be encouraged. I may not be able to give you specifics because I don’t have one now. The reason is that there are many factors out there that you have to consider. But what is important is there is a huge amount of gap between the energy we need and energy we have today and it’s massive. And the way to bridge it is to quickly scale off energy availability with gas and slowly keep transitioning to renewables over time. But if we do not do a deliberate action on it, then we will be caught in the middle where we have our oil and gas and we may not be able to produce it because there’ll be no finance to do it”.



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