By Yunus Yusuf
The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) says it is set to honour some outstanding individuals, who have distinguished themselves in the oil and gas industry.
A statement in Lagos on Tuesday by the Chairman of the association, Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, said the individuals would be honoured at PETAN’s annual oil industry awards dinner.
According to the statement, the dinner will hold in Lagos on Dec. 1.
Okoroafor said NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, would deliver a keynote address with the title: `Local Content Compliance in an Extended Low Oil Price Environment’.
The delivery, the statement added, was expected to shed some light on NNPC’s intentions and strategies in the present times, the future of the oil industry vis-à-vis the role of NNPC and the Nigerian economy as a whole.
It identified the institutional and professional competence awards recipients as Shell Petroleum Development Company, Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited, Oilserv Limted and Nigeria Agip Exploration (NAE).
According to the statement, PETAN’s annual Industry Achievement Awards’ Ceremony offers eminent industry players an opportunity to interact and network under a cosy atmosphere, where the tone for ending the year of hard work is set.
PETAN has as its members, indigenous oilfield servicing companies.
It was set up to take advantage of the technical know-how acquired in the oil and gas industry by Nigerians as a springboard for economic and technological advancement of the country.
Members of PETAN employ more than 20,000 engineers and other technical personnel with a direct employment of no fewer than 80,000 people.
PETAN offers 250 distinct technical services to the Nigerian oil industry and many of these companies now offer similar services in Mauritania, Ghana, Cameroun, Equitorial Guinea, Congo, Gabon, the Middle East, South East Asia and the United States.