By Dipo Olowookere
All is now set for the inaugural launch of the West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC) by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) in Lagos in February 2017.
PETAN created WAIPEC as part of its leading role in promoting and driving sustainable development of Nigeria’s petroleum industry.
Business Post correspondent gathered that WAIPEC hopes to address the needs of companies seeking to showcase innovative solutions, new technologies within the sector, work to generate international investment and support the development of major new collaborations for the benefit of West Africa’s petroleum economy.
The conference will precisely hold at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos, from place February 21-23, 2017.
During the three-day event, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in over 25 business, technical and special focus sessions, and hear from more than 75 prominent industry speakers and representatives from both the regional and international oil and gas community.
Running alongside the conference – an exhibition is projected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies and 6,000 visiting professionals from West Africa, Europe, Americas and Asia.
It was also learnt that WAIPEC’s programme will be driven by an esteemed steering committee, representing a cross section of key stakeholders from the Nigerian oil and gas industry including the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), TOTAL E & P, First E & P, SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company and representatives from PETAN amongst others.
Chairman of PETAN, Mr Bank Anthony Okoroafor, while speaking of the event, explained that, “WAIPEC has been created to specifically address Nigeria’s national energy needs, highlight its challenges and importantly, promote its continued development.
“The event will provide a platform for the many major oil producers, engineering companies, oilfield services and consultants operating in Nigeria and West Africa, to showcase their technologies and expertise, as well as work to attract international investment and create partnerships for the betterment of the sector.”