NNRA ORGANISES A 2-DAY WORKSHOP ON SAFETY, SECURITY AND REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE USE OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY: EXPERIENCES, CHALLENGES AND WAY FORWARD, June 2019.


The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum (MPR) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) organized a 2-day workshop on Safety, Security and Regulatory Requirements for the use of Nuclear Technology in the oil and gas industry. The workshop aimed at sharing experiences, challenges and proffering ways to improve on the use of Nuclear Technology in the Oil and Gas industry was held on the 18th and 19th of June, 2019 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.

Objectives

The Workshop was organized with the objectives of providing a discussion platform for key players in the oil and gas industry to share experience, challenges and proffer way forward for all industry professionals using Nuclear Technology as a major step towards addressing and solving common issues and concerns relating to safety and security of radiation sources and the Federal Government mandate to assist industry player and stakeholders in capacity building, in accordance with relevant industry recommendations.

Attendance

The Workshop was attended by over 120 participants from about 50 entities operating in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

Companies/Entities that Attended the Workshop:

  • The National Security Adviser, represented by the Director, Policy and Strategy, Mr. Aminu Lawal
  • The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, represented by the Director, Special Duties, Mr. Agi Ogu Andrew
  • Professor Shams Babatunde Elegba, Pioneer DG/CEO of the NNRA
  • Professor Idowu Farai, Radiation Safety Adviser, University of Ibadan
  • Professor Fatai Balogun, Radiation Safety Adviser, Center for Energy Research and Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • Professor Nnamdi Jibiri, Radiation Safety Adviser, University of Ibadan
  • Dr Mrs Modupe Oresegun, Managing Director, Radiation Safety Consultant Ltd
  • Several other Radiation Safety Advisers
  • Representative of Petroleum Equalization Fund
  • Representation of the Police EOD:
  • Representatives: Port Harcourt Refinery Company/NNPC; Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC); EXXONMOBIL; CHEVRON Nigeria Limited; TOTAL Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited; AMNI International Petroleum Development Company Limited; Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited; Energy Resource Limited; CONOIL; Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited (HESNL); Awaritse Nigeria Limited; Ocean Deep Drilling ESV Nigeria Limited; DORMAN LONG Nigeria Limited; Petrotech Nigeria Limited; RTD Quality Services Nigeria Limited; Blueveld Nigeria Limited; Sailbond Shipping Nigeria Ltd; Commufreight Nigeria Limited; CM Global Nigeria Limited; Drillog Petro-Dynamic Limited; PIDWAL Nigeria Limited; Radiation Safety Technologies ltd.; Metrix Nigeria Limited; SEABULK Nigeria Limited; Hull Inspections; UNITERM NIG. LTD; WADAMS Technical; McCXEN LTD; RADMON Nigeria Limited; ZALBONDS Nig. Ltd; Joebill Nig Ltd; CHAPAL Technical Ltd; OCEANEERING Services Nig. Ltd.; SAILBOND Shipping Nigeria Limited; BOAZ Integrated Energy and Allied Services Limited; Daudeen Freight Forward Nig. Ltd; PeMAN-VITAL Ventures Ltd; Resource Engineering; Nig. Ltd; Lagos State University  Radiation Monitoring and Protection Service; UNITECH DRILLING Co. Ltd
  • Press was also there as the Workshop was reported on the 19th of June 2019 NTA 4.00pm Network News

Opening Ceremony

The Opening ceremony was chaired by the National Security Adviser, represented by the Director, Policy and Strategy, Mr. Aminu Lawal as follows:

  • Welcome Address by the Acting DG/CEO of NNRA, Dr. Yau Usman Idris;
  • Keynote Address by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, represented by the Director, Special Duties, Mr Agi Ogu Andrew
  • Goodwill Messages by Professor Shams Babatunde Elegba, Pioneer DG/CEO of the NNRA and Professor Idowu Farai, Radiation Safety Adviser, University of Ibadan
  • Opening Remarks by the National Security Adviser, represented by the Director, Policy and Strategy, Mr. Aminu Lawal
  • Vote of Thanks by the NNRA Director of Authorization and Enforcement

Technical Sessions: Day 1

This Session was chaired by Professor Shams Babatunde Elegba, Pioneer DG/CEO of the NNRA and the following presentations were made:
  • Presentation 1- NNRA Regulatory Control Program in Oil and Gas Industry, by Mr. Adamu  Midala Hussaini,
  • Presentation 2 - Improving the Safe Use of Radioisotope in Industrial Radiography: The Role of the Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, Nigeria (INDTN) by Uchenna Duaka FIMarEST, 1st Vice President INDTN
  • Presentation 3 - Radiation Protection and Safety: Providing Timely Advice to Users by Professor Idowu Farai Department of Physics, University of Ibadan
  • Presentation 4 - Significance of Exercise/Drill in Emergency Preparedness and Response to Nuclear or Radiological Incident/Accident by Saiyadi Sulaiman, NNRA

Technical Sessions: Day 2

This Session was chaired by Mr. Aminu Lawal, Director, Policy and Strategy, Office of National Security Adviser and co-chaired by Mr. Agi Ogu Andrew, Director, Special Duties, Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the following presentations were made:
  • Presentation 1: Handling and Movement of Radioactive for Well Logging Operations by Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited (HESNL)
  • Presentation 2: Regulating the NORM in Oil and Gas Industries in Nigeria - Timothy Chidozie Akpa, NNRA
  • Presentation 3: Opportunities for Improved Interface and Collaboration by EXXONMOBIL
  • Presentation 4: Safety and Security of Radiation Sources in Oil and Gas Industry by Mr. Olatunji O. Okoya, Coordinator, NNRA Southwest NNRA Zonal Office
Take Home Action Points
  • Stakeholders to explore the use of armed Mobile Police to complement EOD
  • Need to incorporate Mobile Police in the NNRA trainings
  • Improvement on Execution of Agreed Journey Management Plan in relation to radiation sources
  • NNRA to unify License Types for Barges and Boats
  • NNRA to clarify Responsibilities during Mobilization Process – After Change of Custody
  • Collateral Responsibility Agreement  acceptance to be clearly identified
  • NNRA Authorization expiration should take date of permit issuance into account
  • NNRA to reduced review cycle for authorization applications
  • NNRA to allow 2-year validity period for drill well license
  • Revalidation of drill well permits
  • Timely issuance of authorizations for upcoming drilling activities
  • Reduction in authorization fees for drill wells
  • Review regulatory overlap with DPR (NORM Guidelines)
  • Provision should be made for abandonment to proceed in the absence of NNRA officials (if arrival will take too long)
  • OPTS/IOCs to participate in NNRA Act Review
  • Update required to NNRA website
  • Review RSO3. training syllabus (refresher) and training
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