Houston, Texas – Tirex Petroleum and Energy Limited, one of Nigeria’s leading drilling contractors, recently attended the 2023 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held from 1-4 of May 1-4 at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas. The company utilized the opportunity provided by OTC and Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) to showcase its services and establish relationships with industry experts from around the world.

The annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) brings energy professionals together to exchange ideas and enhance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources. The conference provides access to cutting-edge technical information, an exhibition of the industry’s largest equipment, and a valuable platform for networking with professionals. Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), a group of Nigerian technical oilfield services companies in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the oil industry, led the Nigerian Pavilion at the conference. The association has been instrumental in promoting local content development through the advancement of technology in Nigeria and Africa by mobilizing indigenous firms to participate in international conferences, seminars, and workshops.

On the first day of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), esteemed leaders from Nigeria’s energy industry formally opened the Nigerian Pavilion. They expressed the significance of OTC in driving growth and innovation within the Nigerian oil and gas sector. Other high-level executives also attended the event, including representatives from the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA). The Nigerian delegation’s presence at OTC demonstrates the country’s commitment to developing its energy industry and promoting investment opportunities.

Day two of the conference featured a panel session themed “Energy Transition in Africa: The Journey, Challenges, and Way Forward.” The panel addressed various issues related to the energy transition, such as renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, and the role of government policies and regulations in driving the transition. Group Managing Director of Tirex PE, Anthony Ellis, remarked that “the panel was an opportunity to engage with other industry experts and stakeholders and to learn about the latest developments and emerging trends in the energy sector.”

The panel was moderated by Mr. Austin Avuru, and featured several high-level industry leaders from both Nigeria and Ghana, including representatives from NNPC Limited, NUPRC, NMDPRA, Shell Nigeria Gas, SPE Nigeria Council, and Petroleum Commission Ghana. PETAN Chairman, Mr. Nicolas Odinuwe, gave the opening speech to the panel discussion, followed by a keynote address from Chairman of the Board, NNPC Limited, the Sponsor’s Address by the Chairman of Platform Petroleum Limited, and a presentation by the Chief Executive Officer of NUPRC. These speeches, addresses, presentations, and panel discussion provided valuable information and context for the Tirex Petroleum and Energy team as they continue to navigate the energy landscape in Nigeria.

Day three of PETAN’s program of events at the Nigerian Pavilion featured two panel sessions themed “AfCFTA Implementation: Assessing Progress and Impact in the African Oil and Gas Industry.” The first session comprised National Oil Companies, Regulators, and Independent Oil Companies in Africa, while the second session comprised African Service Associations. These sessions aimed to foster African collaboration among energy and oil and gas industry stakeholders for the speedy development of the region’s abundant resources. For Tirex PE, the sessions were particularly valuable as they continue to expand their operations in the African market.
Tirex Petroleum and Energy looks forward to participating in future editions of the event, and others that promote local content development and technology advancement in the African oil and gas industry.