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The third edition of NIPS conference tagged: WIDENING THE INTEGRATION CIRCLE: Technology, Knowledge, Sustainability and Partnership was held between Sunday 9th and Wednesday 12th February, 2020 at International Conference Centre, Abuja. The Conference commenced on the 9th, with a welcome cocktail reception at Transcorp Hilton and pre-conference activities at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja

The conference was declared open by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Among those who graced the occasion and delivered goodwill messages were; Senate President, Distinguished Senator Ahmed Lawan, represented by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan; H.E. Timpre Sylva- Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Nigeria ; Bitrus Baka Nabasu, Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Petroleum Resources; H.E. Catriona Liang, British High Commission to Nigeria; Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, Secretary General African Petroleum Producers Organisation; H.E. Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General, International Energy Forum and ministerial delegates from Niger, Mali and Congo.

Others were: Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); Osagie Okunbor, Managing  Director, SPDC/Chairman, Shell Companies in Nigeria; Tony Attah, Managing Director, Nigeria LNG Limited, represented by Adeleye Falade, General Manager Productions, NNLG; Victor Okoronkwo, Group Managing Director , Aiteo E and P; Lorenzo Fiorillo, Chairman, Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Mike Sangster, Managing Director and Chief Executive,

Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG ); Sarki Auwalu, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources; Simbi K. Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) represented by Patrick Oba and Paul Leslie Olatunde Akan, Chairman Brevity Anderson.

A total of 17 sessions and discussions were held. A key highlight of the summit was the launching of the National Gas Transportation Network Code (NGTNC) by the Federal Government of Nigeria. SHELL Nigeria Limited showcased their on-going gas-to-power projects around the country while WalterSmith Petroman Oil Limited delighted delegates with their ahead of schedule Refinery in lbigwe, Imo state built on the back of 5000bpd oil production.

The Dangote Group updated the Summit with the frenetic progress being made at the site of the Dangote Refinery in Lagos. The NLNG did the same for the Train 7 project which is expected to increase Nigeria’s production to 30mtpa when completed. National Oilwell Varco (NOV) featured their innovative and game changing Subsea Water Treatment and Injection technology for reducing cost and increasing oil recovery.

The conference proceedings were interactive as each session was constituted by different moderators, panellists and the use of electronic voting by delegates on various issues discussed.

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