Africa should reposition energy industry for the future – Seplat boss


Mr Roger Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Seplat Energy Plc, says Africa should reposition the energy industry for the future and become more efficient with its resources.

Brown said this at the 41st Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) International Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday in Lagos.

Brown delivered a stakeholder contributions which has the theme; “Repositioning the Oil & Gas Industry for Future Energy Dynamics”.

He urged African countries to accept that energy has  role to play in the future of the continent, and the integration of the energy value chain is essential for the continent’s anticipated progress.

Brown said: “Repositioning the oil and gas sector for the future requires the understanding of certain fundamentals, including accepting the fact that the sector will have a key role to play well into the future.

“Particularly in Africa; that the energy industry needs to become much more efficient with its resources; and that the integration of the energy value chain is essential.

“Also, a functioning energy backbone (Base load) is a barrier to wide-scale renewable energy.

“In all these, we must come to terms with the fact that development and environment must not become competing objectives.” he said.

He said energy was critical to the region’s economic and social development.

Brown said, according to industry data, more than 600 million Africans have no access to energy and more than 900 million Africans do not have access to clean cooking, while eight per cent energy access in rural West Africa.

“And fewer than half of the utilities in sub-Saharan Africa recover their operating costs.

“Every year, the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa (combined population approximately 1bn)
generate roughly the same energy as Spain (with a population of approximately 45 million),” he said.

According to him, industry sources say five-fold increase in investment is required to reach United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 by 2030.

“There are 17 SDGs for Africa to achieve.

“For the energy outlook, achieving Africa’s energy and climate goals means more than doubling energy investment this decade; of which the goal of universal access to modern energy calls for investment of USD 25 billion per year

“For Seplat Energy, Nigeria’s energy trilemma, which drives energy transition, remains sustainability, energy security or access and energy affordability,” he said.


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