The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) plans to develop collaborative strategies to ensure that operators in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry do not compromise Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in their operations.
Speaking on Monday to journalists in Lagos ahead of the agency’s 17th International HSE Biennial Conference, DPR’s Deputy Director in charge of HSE, Mrs. Sibeudu Onyebuchi said the agency planned to ensemble stakeholders that would proffer solutions on ways to drive HSE compliance in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
She said that the biennial conference, which creates HSE awareness amongst stakeholders in the industry, has remains the biggest forum that brings NSE experts from both within and outside the country to share new ideals and experiences on HSE issues.
Onyebuchi said that the HSE conference provides a platform for HSE professionals in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and other interested participants to meet and share experiences relating to HSE issues arising from exploration and production.
She said that stakeholders would also share values on downstream and other related activities in the oil and gas sector.
According to her, the aim is to promote and entrench a safe and environmentally sustainable oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
“The conference had recorded series of success over the years which includes Development of the Environmental Guidelines and Standard for the Petroleum Industry in Nigeria (EGASPIN).`Others are the establishment of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) decree, creation of job opportunities in the various establishments,” she said.
Onyebuchi said that the keynote address would be delivered by Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, adding that the three-days conference will present over 36 technical papers from various panel sessions.
She said the knowledge derived from the plenary and technical session would help provide further insight and approaches for tackling safety concerns as well as increase awareness on practical global safety and environmental issues.
She said that will attract over 3,000 participants and exhibitors both within and outside the country.
Onyebuchi is the Chairman of the Conference Management Planning Committee of the conference slated for end of this month with the theme, “Integrated Security Approach, New Strategies and The Way to Go in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.”