NGA business forum reinforces gas impact on economy

NGA business forum reinforces  gas impact on economyThe Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) will host industry’s prominent and influential executives involved in the oil, gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power generation value chains, the Association’s President Mrs. Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, has said

According to Publicity Secretary, Violin Antaih, the forum, which will bring together governments officials, gas off takers and developers, gas upstream suppliers, pipelines operators, construction firms, equipment providers, and financiers  to its first Gas Business Forum in 2019.

The theme of the forum is: Evaluating the place of gas as a prioritized enabler of Nigeria’s economic diversification agenda.” The venue of the forum is Civic Centre in Victoria Island.

Speakers include the Chairman, Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), Paul McGrath; Group Executive Director, Gas & Power, NNPC, Saidu Mohammed; Group Executive Director, BUA Group, Kabiru Rabiu and Folarin Alayande (SSA to the President on ERGP. Others are Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Gas, Ed Ubong; Maryam Shehu, Deputy General Manager, Commercial, Total E&P Nigeria and Chima Ibeneche, former President, Nigerian Gas Association.Policies play a key role in supporting or constraining the progress of natural gas in any countrys’ energy mix, Ezigbo said , adding that the adoption of measures favourable to natural gas could accelerate the penetration of this source of energy  and achieve many economic, technical, social and environmental advantages.

She noted that the key measures expected to be adopted in this regard are market reforms that aim to improve competition and attract gas investments in the upstream and midstream sectors; the facilitation of permits and administrative processes for gas project developments; and pricing or mandated fuel switching to natural gas.

The association’s 20th annual general meeting will be conveyed immediately after the business forum at same venue, she added.