This chapter includes the following articles.
As Africa’s largest oil producer, Nigeria is a key member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the world’s fourth-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. Policy moves over the past two decades have enabled young Nigerian companies to acquire and develop oil and gas blocks, build pipelines and distribution networks, and soon, based on the current project pipeline, refineries and power plants as well. There is still ample room for improvement, however. Renewed militant activity in the Niger Delta region – where much of the upstream activity is concentrated – continues to disrupt production, while the country’s regulatory framework is ageing, with a long-awaited overhaul yet to materialise. Nigeria’s energy sector is largely awaiting the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill – which has been on the cards for roughly a decade – but given the recent momentum in the National Assembly, the next year may finally see that happen, which would bring in significant sector changes. This chapter contains interviews with Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources; Femi Otedola, Chairman, Forte Oil; Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary-General, OPEC; and Guido d’Aloisio, Central Africa Regional Manager, Saipem.