The eighth annual Offshore West Africa concluded Friday, March 19, in Abuja, Nigeria.
Todd Stevens, technical manager for the Erha development for Esso E&P Nigeria Ltd., summarized the mood of the conference: "West Africa, particularly Nigeria and Angola, will play a key role in the worldwide oil and gas industry."
One interesting element of the conference was the subject of local content. "It is at a level that has never been seen before, and it is increasing," Stevens said. He urged Nigerian companies to "prepare yourselves to participate."
Other topics of the conference, which focused on capacity enhancement, included production concepts for marginal fields, flow assurance issues, risk-based inspection, and floating technology.
Chris Barton, vice president and group publisher at PennWell, presented three awards to honor the best presenters. The best presenter was John Eweje of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Co.; best presentation went to Olatunji Adeola of Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria, and best young presenter went to Agbata Peter-Damian, a student at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Attendees agreed that West Africa has tremendous potential. "There are lots of opportunities," Stevens said.