Monday, 18 March 2013

News Release: 2ND ESQ Oil And Gas Summit 2013




Notwithstanding the prolonged reforms of the legal and regulatory framework governing petroleum operations in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, especially due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), international and local companies continue to find and take advantage of several investment opportunities. Such opportunities arise amidst substantial legal risks and regulatory challenges. How has the industry capitalized on the opportunities and dealt with the legal risks and regulatory challenges? Looking ahead, what are the options to be considered in creating a fair and effective legal/regulatory framework in the mid and long-term to enhance investments and growth in the industry? What are the implications of the extant legal and regulatory uncertainties on international petroleum industry expansion and volatile oil prices, including the shale oil and gas revolution e.t.c.  For Nigeria? How can Nigeria continue to attract investments and sustain the growth and development of its petroleum industry amidst competition from other Sub-Saharan African countries? What are the available (mid and long term) options for creating an enabling and reliable legal and regulatory environment to boost oil and gas production/investments? And how can these options be implemented in Nigeria? What are the opportunities and relevant challenges in a viable and robust Nigerian energy industry?

How can the law and governmental policies effectively sustain investments and operations in the offshore and frontier acreages? What are the challenges and solutions needed for a viable domestic refining and petrochemical sub-sector? What role will the local players play in the future prosperity of the sector? What lessons can they learn from the IOCs in designing their management, capital and equity structure? Will their emergence lead to a technology transfer or provide more high level jobs for the expatriates?

The new PIB has unbundled gas sales and transportation, opening up a number of legal questions about how to implement the law in the country. How is the proposed law built to ensure liberalization and ultimately industrialization as envisioned by the promoters of the reforms. How will the law affect producers, transporters, distributors and large-scale users. What effect will the law have on the development of projects more broadly? What developments are being proposed and being made with respect to infrastructure.

Gas supply is one of the biggest challenges to the government's power reform agenda. This session takes a look at the critical issues affecting the gas sector in Nigeria. The session will address the issue of how to maximize the potentials of the existing natural gas infrastructure to meet energy demands in Nigeria. We will also explore the core issues of gas supply linkages to meet the ever growing demand for power in Nigeria and how to effectively manage the gas price equation. We will explore the Regulatory Framework for Gas under the PIB, Updates on Gas Monetization, LNG, Onshore, Offshore and Deep Water Activities and gain insights into the new opportunities in the Nigerian Gas Market.

With the signing of the ancillary agreements between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the GENCOs/DISCOs, a solid and meaningful journey has begun to address the crucial power sector challenges in Nigeria. However, stakeholders believe that in going forward; the success of the entire privatisation programme and the benefits there from will depend largely on the integrity of the process adopted by the regulator.

With Power in the hands of private investors, is Nigeria set for industrialization? How will the industry capitalize on the opportunities and deal with the legal risks and regulatory challenges? Looking ahead, what are the options to be considered in creating a fair and effective competition regime amongst the successor companies and meet the challenges of capacity? How do we strengthen the industry regulation and the framework for commercial investments? Will the Tariffs for gas and electricity reflect market prices and set at levels to attract private sector investment? How attractive is the market to retain international finance? Are Nigerian Banks truly equipped to play a major role in the sector? How do we address the legal risks and regulatory challenges in the Nigerian Power Sector in the light of the current legal and business environment? What improvements have we made in the area of infrastructure? Where will the money come from and how can genuine investors access it?

Given the long lead times and infeasibility of storing electricity, raising capital for power projects creates a bottle neck. The financial and capital markets are a viable option open to investors to source funds for power projects in Nigeria. While the financial market offers investors the opportunities to raise short and mid - term loans, the capital market intervenes in providing a window for raising long-term funds through a wide range of financial products. How can Project Sponsors access finance for their projects? What role are the Nigerian Banks playing in developing the future prosperous Oil and Gas Sector in Nigeria? This session will provide an overview of the pros and cons, options, structures, models and prospects of the Nigerian financial and capital markets with a focus on the Nigerian circumstances in comparism with some emerging markets.

Holding in Lagos, the commercial heart of Nigeria's oil and gas industry, this two-day conference will feature in-depth discussions and essential updates and debates on all these topics and more. The summit will consist of keynote addresses and special paper presentations with a heavy weight panel deliberating on the paper before opening up the floor for further discussions. The high profile speakers and panellists will share their well researched thoughts

Date:  9th -10th April, 2013 
Time:  9am -5pm Daily
Venue: Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos
Event Website: www.esqlaw.net/oilandgas
Registration Fee: N57,000

Speakers:
Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Vice Chairman, Mobil (Confirmed)
Dr David Ige, Group Executive Director Gas and Power, NNPC (Confirmed)
Sola Adepetun, Managing Partner, ACA&S)  (Confirmed)
Gbenga Oyebode, Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law and Managing Partner Aluko & Oyebode (Confirmed)
Dr Sam Amadi, Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (Confirmed)
Tunji Mayaki, Deputy Managing Director, ADDAX (Confirmed)
Oscar Onyema - CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange (Confirmed)
Arun Velusami - Partner, Norton Rose, UK (Member) (Confirmed)
Obinna Ufudo - MD Transcorp (Confirmed)
Dr. Eloka Umeh - MD, Nestoil Power Group (Confirmed)
Akin Ogunranti - DGM, Power & Infrastructure, Zenith Bank(Confirmed)
Gbite Adeniji, Partner, Advisory Legal (Confirmed)
Kevin McGrory, General Counsel, Seven Energy, UK (Confirmed)
Chidi Momah, Executive General Manager, Public Affairs and Communications, Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria. (Confirmed)
Mr. Dayo Okusanmi, General Counsel, Atlantic Energy (Confirmed)
Ola Alokolaro, Managing Partner, Advocaat (Confirmed) 
Mr Soji Awogbade, Managing Partner, AELEX (Confirmed)
 Uche Obi - Managing Partner, Alliance Law Firm (Confirmed)
Chikelue Okonkwo - CDM, International Operations ,General Electric. (Confirmed)
Mrs. Kemi Segun (Partner, ACA&S) (Confirmed)
Chidi Momah, Executive General Manager, Public Affairs and Communications, Total Unpstream Companies in NIgeria(Confirmed)
Seye Kosoko, Head Legal Services, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria (Confirmed)
Tonye Cole, Group CEO, Sahara Energy(Confirmed)
Mr Austin Avuru, CEO SEPLAT (Invited)
Dr. Ladi Bada, CEO Shoreline Natural Resoures (Confirmed)
Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, Professor of Law (Invited)
Mr. Batchi Baldeh Senior Vice President, Power, AFrica Finance Corporation (Invited)
Mr. Kunle Allen, CEO Gas Aggregation Company of NIgeria (Invited)
Mr. Rumundaka Wonodi, CEO Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company Plc. (Invited)
Mr. Eyo Ekpo, Head of Market Competition and Rates Division, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (Invited)
Engr. Ernest Nwapa, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board(Invited)
Mr. Osten Olorunsola (Director, Department of Petroleum Resources) (Invited)
Senator Udo Udoma (Chairman, PIB Ministerial Task-Force)- Session (Invited)
Dr. Koyin Ajayi SAN, Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP (Invited)
Dr Gbolahan Elias SAN, Principal Partner, G.Elias & Co (Invited)
Mr. Pade Durotoye (CEO, Oando Exploration & Production) (Invited)
Natalie Dickson, Group General Counsel, First Hydroncarbon Nigeria (Invited)
Mr Ibiye Memebere, GED, E & P, NNPC
Dr. Tim Okon, Group Cordinator, Corporate Planning and Strategy, NNPC

Registration Details:
Fees:
Participants resident in Nigeria: N57,000 per person.
Participants from the rest of the world: US $400
Full payment must be received in order to process your registration.

Fees Include:
• Attendance at all working sessions
• Conference materials, including any available speakers’ papers submitted
• Lunch and tea breaks
• A free copy of ESQ Legal practice magazine
How to register and make payments
Participants resident in Nigeria: Registration fee is N57,000
Participants wishing to pay in Naira should complete the attached form and send with
proof of payment to: Email: oilandgas@esqlaw.net

Bank Details:
Bank Transfer Details (Nigerian Delegates):
Account Name: Legal Blitz Legal Consultancy
Bank: ECOBANK Plc
Account Number: 1722006106
Or
Account Name: Legal Blitz Legal Consultancy
Bank: Keystone Bank
Account Number: 1000557736
All Cheques should be made payable to Legal Blitz Legal Consultancy. Please note
that registration before Wednesday, 25th April, 2012, attracts a 5% discount. Group
discounts are also available for five (5) or more delegate places.
Participants From The Rest Of The World:
Participants must pay in US Dollars by cheque, bank draft or transfer and should
complete the attached registration form in English and send to the e-mail below with
proof of payment:oilandgas@esqlaw.net

Bank Transfer Details (For Foreign Participants)
Citibank New York Account Details For USD Payment
Correspondent Bank
Name And Address: Citibank N.A, New York, 111,Wall Street, New York
10043
SWIFt CODE: CITIUS33
ABA NO: 21000089
Beneficiary Bank:
Name And Address: Access Bank PLC
SWIFT CODE: ICOBNGLA
Account Number: 36023765
Further Credit Party: (Legal Blitz/3300201509)

Please ensure that a copy of the bank transfer is attached to your registration form.
Please e-mail proof of payment to:
E-mail: oilandgas@esqlaw.net

Your Registration Will Only Be Confirmed Once Proof Of Payment Has Been Received.
You Should Receive A Confirmation Of Your Registration Within 7 Days, If You Do Not,
Then Please Contact:
Legal Blitz at:
E-mail: oilandgas@esqlaw.net
Or Call: +2348065171962,+2348035269055

General Registration Information:
Promotional Literature
Please note that no individual or organisation may display or distribute publicity
material or other printed matter during the conference, unless by prior arrangement
with Legal Blitz and companies wishing to discuss promotional opportunities should
contact Legal Blitz.

Cancellation of Registration:
If cancellation is received in writing at Legal Blitz or by email
(oilandgas@esqlaw.net)  by 15th April, fees will be refunded less a 25%
administration charge; we regret that no refunds can be made after this date.

Travel Arrangements And Visas:
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. It is
recommended that you check your visa requirements with your local Embassy or
consulate. We are unable to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa
application prior to receipt of your registration form and full payment of
registration fees. Please apply for your visa in good time.

Accommodation:
Delegates are responsible for making accommodation reservations directly with the
hotel and enter into an agreement with the hotel regarding credit card guarantees,
cancellation terms and conditions, and room rates. Legal Blitz cannot accept
responsibility for hotel accommodation disputes between a delegate and the hotel.

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