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SAIPEC 2024: Reflections on Innovation and Investment Opportunities

This year’s edition of the Sub Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC, 2024) struck a different note for the organizers, participants and major industry players, offering yet another unique opportunity to share insights into policy issues, innovations and more robust opportunities for all stakeholders. Valuechain’s  Ese Ufuoma was there and reviews significant highlights of the activities of the big event.

Amidst the global pursuit of sustainable energy solutions to meet escalating demands, the outcomes of the 8th edition of the Sub Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC) offer a glimpse of abundant opportunities. Organized by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) under the theme “The Next Steps: Accelerating African Content,” this landmark event once again reasserted its founding traditions as Africa’s foremost Energy, Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition.

SAIPEC stands as a beacon of progress, shining a spotlight on the latest advancements and trends within the dynamic energy, oil and gas sector. Embracing its theme, this year’s edition underscored the critical importance of nurturing local content production across Africa while fostering innovation, collaboration, and pioneering opportunities. Through a diverse array of interactive sessions, panel discussions, and networking platforms, the event brought together industry luminaries, policymakers, academics, and stakeholders from across the globe. Participants were primed to engage with experts, exchange insights on best practices and forge strategic alliances to address the multifaceted challenges confronting the African energy landscape.

Set against the backdrop of Nigeria’s vibrant economic hub, the event offered a pivotal platform for showcasing cutting-edge technologies, fostering collaborations and exploring strategies to address the challenges and opportunities facing the petroleum sector. With an emphasis on innovation, sustainability, and resilience, SAIPEC 2024 was a transformative gathering poised to shape the future of the industry.

Event Overview

This year’s SAIPEC event took place from 13th to 15th February 2024 at the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, attracting industry professionals, government officials, investors, and exhibitors. The event featured a comprehensive agenda comprising keynote speeches, panel discussions, technical sessions, and an exhibition showcasing the latest technologies, products, and services in the oil and gas sector.

Key Themes and Issues Raised

1.    Energy Transition: Discussions centered on the global shift towards renewable energy sources, decarbonization efforts and the role of traditional oil and gas companies in navigating this transition.

2.    Market Trends:  Analysis of current market dynamics, including oil price fluctuations, supply-demand balances, and geopolitical factors impacting the industry.

3.    Technology Innovation: Exploration of emerging technologies such as digitalization, artificial intelligence, and automation in enhancing operational efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability.

4.     Local Content Development: Focus on promoting local participation and capacity building in the petroleum sector through collaboration between international companies and indigenous stakeholders.

5.    Environmental Stewardship: Addressing environmental challenges, including carbon emissions, pollution, and biodiversity conservation, and exploring strategies for responsible resource extraction and management.

Key Takeaways:

1. Networking Opportunities: SAIPEC provides a conducive environment for fostering partnerships, collaborations, and business development initiatives among industry players.

2.    Insights and Best Practices: Participants gained valuable insights into industry trends, regulatory developments, and best practices through interactive sessions and knowledge-sharing forums.

3.    Technological Advancements: Exhibitors showcased cutting-edge technologies and solutions aimed at improving operational efficiency, reducing costs, and minimizing environmental impact.

4.    Policy Implications: Discussions highlighted the importance of policy frameworks that support sustainable development, local content participation, and innovation in the oil and gas sector.


1.    Investment in Innovation: Encourage investment in research and development to harness the potential of emerging technologies and drive innovation in the industry.

2.    Collaboration and Partnership: Foster collaboration between governments, industry stakeholders, and local communities to promote sustainable development, local content participation, and inclusive growth.

3.    Environmental Responsibility: Prioritize environmental sustainability by adopting best practices, investing in clean technologies, and incorporating environmental considerations into business strategies.

4.    Capacity Building: Support initiatives aimed at building local technical expertise, skills development, and knowledge transfer to empower indigenous stakeholders and enhance industry resilience.

Overall, SAIPEC 2024 provided a valuable platform for stakeholders to engage in meaningful dialogue, exchange ideas, and explore opportunities for collaboration in driving the future of the oil and gas industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. By embracing innovation, sustainability, and collaboration, the sector can navigate challenges and seize opportunities for growth and development in the years to come.

Ultimately, SAIPEC 2024 stands as a testament to the collective commitment towards fostering sustainable growth, innovation, and collaboration within Africa’s energy, oil and gas sectors. As delegates depart with newfound insights, connections, and a shared vision for the future, the impact of this landmark event is poised to resonate across the continent and beyond. With a renewed focus on environmental stewardship, local content development, and technological advancement, the path forward is clear: together, Africa can navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead, by ensuring a prosperous and resilient energy landscape for generations to come.