NAPE – 31st Annual International Conference & Exhibition


THEME: Stimulating Exploration and Reserves Growth in a Maturing Basin

DATE:    10-14 November 2013

The Nigerian oil and gas industry has witnessed the largest number of divestment and acquisition activities, bringing new players to a risky business of oil and gas exploration and production. With assets changing hands, it is hoped that farmees will be able to drive a new wave of exploration activities in the Niger Delta. It is against this backdrop of events that NAPE decided on this year’s theme “Stimulating exploration and reserves growth in a maturing basin”.

The conference took place at the Eko Hotel and Conference Centre, Lagos from 10th-14th November, 2013. This was the first NAPE conference to be organized by a female president-elect of the association. The conference was preceded by six geoscience short courses and a field trip to the Eastern Dahomey Basin of South West Nigeria. The opening ceremony, technical sessions, workshops and other events were well attended. OPEC was at the event, represented by Dr. Taher Najah.

The exhibition

The exhibition was officially opened on Tuesday by the Vice President of ExxonMobil Production geoscience, Mr. Elijah White Jr. and OPEC representative, Dr. Taher Najah. More than 30 companies including multinationals like Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Schlumberger and Baker Hughes set up booths and participated in the event. AAPG also maintained a complimentary booth on the mezzanine floor. The exhibition floor was abuzz with activity throughout the conference and there was a lot of networking opportunity for students and professionals alike.

Technical sessions

Technical sessions consisted of over 111 oral papers and 30 poster presentations. Technical sessions were held in relation to the conference theme, under the following five sub-themes:

  • Seismic technologies and the development of new play concepts; rock physics models: characterization and prediction of rock properties from subsurface data.
  • Reservoir Management strategies for sustained production and improved recovery.
  • Technology application and exploitation of small accumulations.
  • Policy initiatives for enhanced exploration and reserves growth.
  • Contending and competing exploration technologies – how well and how far?

Student and YP Activities

NAPE is an affiliate of the AAPG, and both associations jointly hosted the Local Student Chapter Leadership Summit (L-SCLS) and Young Professionals events at the conference. L-SCLS invitees were Student Chapter presidents, and the goals of the summit were vision building, value creation and development of leadership virtues. The summit also provided the students with the chance to network and be inspired through contact with young and experienced geoscience professionals.

Students present at the conference were engaged in a career mentoring Session which was geared towards assisting them in career choice. Student and YP Participants learnt more about industry jobs, exploration and operations geology and were exposed to industry software demos. The operations geology lecture was given by a staff of ExxonMobil towards their professional development. A resume writing workshop and demo interview session was also organized for their benefit.

The students and young professionals also enjoyed a cocktail and freestyle mentoring evening on Wednesday, 13th November. It was an opportunity for learning and collaboration opportunities, and young geoscience professionals were matched with students and engaged in focused discussions related to growth opportunities within the earth science discipline.