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    Nigerian oil industry leaders open Offshore West Africa conference

    News // January 28, 2009

    Odein Ajumogobia, Nigeria Minister of State, Energy, & Petroleum, gave the keynote address to officially launch the first day of the Offshore West Africa Conference & Exhibition (OWA) on January 27th at the International Conference Centre.

    Mr Ajumogobia also opened the exhibition floor by performing the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    OWA, the region’s premier exhibition and conference for the offshore oil and gas industry, is presented by PennWell Corp. The 2009 event is the sixth year in a row that OWA has been held in Abuja.

    The host sponsor for OWA is Shell Nigeria Petroleum Co. Other major sponsors included Nigerian National Petroleum Co, ExxonMobil, TOTAL, ConocoPhillips, and Addax Petroleum.

    The OWA conference and exhibition includes technical presentations from leading industry experts from around the world.

    Alhaji Mohammed Barkindo, Group Managing Directo, NNPC, also addressed the opening session yesterday, speaking on “Challenges and Opportunities in the West African Deep Offshore Province.”

    He was joined by Dr Emma Egbogah, Special Adviser on Petroleum Matters to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who gave the “Nigeria Oil Industry Reforms Scene-Setting” speech.

    In continuing presentations today and tomorrow, the best and brightest of the global offshore industry will give presentations on offshore technology, operations, best practices, case studies and lessons learned.

    The speakers include representatives from Shell, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, TOTAL, Richardson Oil and Gas and many more.

    At the same time, the extensive exhibition includes examples of offshore equipment and technical solutions from the industry’s leading equipment suppliers, contractors, and service providers.


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