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Timely approval of deals good for Nigeria’s energy fortunes—Roger Brown

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Seplat Energy PLC, leading indigenous energy company listed on both the Nigerian Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, says Nigeria’s sub-surface potentials could be largely optimized and oil/gas production levels increased if divestment and other related deals are expedited.

The CEO Seplat Energy, Mr. Roger Brown, said this at the 2024 NOG Energy Week Conference & Exhibition recently held in Abuja.

Mr. Brown, who spoke during a panel session dubbed ‘Defining the Regulatory Frameworks Required to Support the Capabilities of Independents and Incentivise Growth’ said success of Nigerian Independent energy companies will benefit Nigeria through oil revenues and the development of a domestic gas-to-power industry, thus helping to fund expansion into renewable energy to help Nigeria increase energy access and unlock its entrepreneurial population by providing reliable and affordable energy in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Seplat Energy CEO said: “International Oil Companies (IOCs) will look to divest to credible local players, those with high levels of governance and accountability in their ESG efforts. Indigenous players also need strong balance sheets and credibility in international financial markets, because the assets they’re acquiring will doubtless need future development.

“Also, indigenous companies must commit to working with communities to maintain or increase Nigerian content, as Seplat Energy has been doing for many years.”

Speaking to the country’s energy aspirations, he said the independents will play a key role in realising the aspirations of the “Decade of Gas”,  adding that strong governance framework is needed to support bankability of private sector direct participation/investment in this space.

Nigeria’s biggest decarbonisation priority is to end small-scale generation and get households and businesses onto a reliable national grid that uses our gas resources, lowers the cost of electricity and allows renewable energy to be developed and connected into a nationwide grid.

Seplat Energy is committed to ending routine flaring by the middle of next year and we urge all other producers to make this a priority.

Seplat Energy’s new ANOH gas plant can supply enough gas to support more than 1GW electricity on the grid and this can displace hundreds of thousands of home generators; so, it will reduce the cost of electricity and hopefully get rid of these expensive and highly polluting generators, which are just a huge drag on Nigeria’s economy and which create massive problems with carbon emissions.

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