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Only synergy amongst players’ can drive investments in petroleum sector-Chevron MD

As the 2018 the Nigerian Oil and Gas (NOG) conference in Abuja rounds off today, Friday, one of the key speakers and Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jeff Ewing has called for collaboration by all stakeholders for the achievement of sustained investment and growth in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

Making the plea while raising issues of urgent industry importance in his contributions to the panel discussion on ‘Unlocking Nigeria’s Investment Potential’, he noted that the current relative stability in the global oil markets presents an opportunity for both the industry operators and the government to appraise the industry and provide enduring solutions.

He said the industry has an opportunity in rejuvenating old frontier basin exploration, to discover impact resource additions for strategic reserves replacement and growth and opportunities to continue to enhance efficiency and reduce cost.

While stressing the expected government’s focus on creating an enabling environment for investment to thrive and developing new oil and gas fiscal policy that are globally competitive, he applauded the efforts of the government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in addressing the issue of Joint Venture cash call arrears.

The Chevron MD also mentioned some steps to ensure growth of the Nigerian gas sector which include efforts in driving initiatives in effective utilization of the nation’s abundant gas for achieving the goal of energy security, and enacting fiscal terms that encourage the development of small to mid-sized assets/reservoirs as well as non-associated gas fields.

According to him, other measures to advance the gas sector, include the establishment of a competitive Deepwater gas fiscal framework, the commitment to supporting and enabling ‘willing buyer – willing seller’ gas pricing model, and the development of strategy for legacy payments for gas sold to the domestic power market.

Ewing further disclosed that Chevron Nigeria will deepen efforts towards delivering exploration and production projects and activities as well as making significant investments in gas projects, and some of the accomplishments include the $1.2 billion-dollar gas and condensate project scope that include drilling, major rig work-overs and associated facilities as well as ongoing offshore and onshore drilling campaigns

He recalled that Chevron’s efforts in playing a lead role in growing supply of high quality domestic gas and monetizing liquid rich gas reserves; the reduction of routine flaring by over 90% in the past 10 years as well as the significant successes in Nigerian content development. Chevron contributes 41% of the total domestic gas supply in Nigeria, based on DPR statistics.

Chevron, he said, is proud to be partners with the Nigerian government to actualize progress in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector for over 50 years adding that with the right policies, the enormous potential of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector can yield even greater benefits.