…Advocates for Regional Collaboration to Sustain African Energy Market
Chairman of Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Nicolas Odinuwe, has informed that his organization is planning a local content business e-platform to be launched by 3rd quarter of this year
The proposed e-platform will facilitate a one stop collation of available opportunities, capacities and capabilities within the sub-Sahara Africa region, PETAN said.
The Association’s chairman, who spoke at the ongoing 7th edition of the Sub Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC) in Lagos, explained that the platform is currently being developed by the local content associations.
The PETAN boss said that with AFCFTA, African Union should consider a unified/ integrated African certification/standard as practiced in America, European Union and Britain.
According to Odinuwe, part of the ways to harness and sustain the sub-Sahara energy market is to continue reaching out to other regions and bodies for partnerships/collaboration and Support.
“Integrated one -skill passport for welding and related practices with TWF, African local content funding (coordinated by NCDMB), PETAN Seal of quality (PSQ) launched few years ago is being expand to be industry inclusive in partnership with NCDMB and relevant stakeholders” he said
According to him, PETAN’s collaborations have also extended to Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana, Angola, and Guyana. He said industry players and regulators should aspire to eliminate multiple certifications domiciled outside and are associated with huge foreign exchange impact.
“These institutions outside Africa (supported by their governments) have made our respective standardization agencies confined to just names. The TWF personnel certifications/skill passport is a step in the right direction” he said.
“Human Capacity Development is very fundamental in the growth of any economy and local content. As technology is evolving, it is important to constantly acquire new knowledge and skills through training and retraining.
“The theme for this 7th edition has been deliberately chosen and is relevant as the global energy market is at a critical point and for hydrocarbon rich countries in sub-Sahara Africa to drive home that need for AFCTA / African local content framework full implementation -considering the threat of funding squeeze by non-African donor agencies and the move to confine our hydrocarbon to museum.
“Remember, our efforts to achieve energy security and energy affordability, will continual be undermined if we do nothing. As we look to the future, we face significant challenges in the ways energy is produced and consumed, including the effects of geopolitical instability, poverty and energy poverty, economic uncertainties, and the climate songs.
“As private sector & service companies, we must continually commit to finding collaborative innovative solutions and work with our stakeholders and partners to ensure a sustainable and secure energy solutions & supply.
“SAIPEC continues to place its emphasis on the future of the energy, oil, and gas industry through Sub Saharan Africa with collaboration at the forefront of its objective and local content at its nucleus. Today our requirements for energy are immense and increasing.
“There are new issues and opportunities across the globe especially as it affects the oil and gas industry. We need to chart a way forward on energy availability, energy security, energy sustainability and affordability within the continent,” the PETAN boss said