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Energy Update - April 2018

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Nigeria has some of the largest natural gas deposits in the world with estimated 180 trillion cubic feet of proven reserves. Developments in Nigeria’s energy sector offer tremendous opportunities for U.S. energy and services companies. The government of Nigeria (GoN) continues to prioritize investment in natural gas and gas-based industries, as outlined in the Gas Master Plan, a comprehensive gas infrastructure development program, which targets new investments in gas processing and pipelines, gas-to-power projects and petrochemical facilities, projected to attract an industry wide investment outlay of over U.S. $16 billion. Recent GoN initiatives to drastically reduce gas flare and improve domestic gas, includes the Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Program (NGFCP), offering investors opportunities for gas infrastructure development equipment and services. The country plans to announce expression of interest (EOI)/ request for proposal (RFP) on scalable technologies for gas flare capture, commercialization and infrastructure development for gas to power, LNG, LPG etc… Other gas commercialization projects include the existing Notore fertilizer plant, Indorama’s petrochemicals plant, the proposed $9bn Dangote refinery for the provision of urea and ammonia fertilizer plants, expected to come on stream by 2019.  There is also a 2800-hectare gas-based free trade zone in Delta State, new fertilizer and methanol plants and an underwater pipeline to connect Nigeria’s Niger Delta to other West Africa markets which are proposed to generate gas demands of over 2.5 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day. Investment opportunities range from financial services, gas transmission pipelines, pipe milling and fabrication yards to upstream gas development, LNG and LPG plants as well as gas processing facility and gas-based manufacturing industries. Additional opportunities include gas infrastructure equipment,floating storage regasification units, pipelines, gas plants, mooring/gas terminals, LPG cylinder plant services. To learn more about Nigeria's gas sector click here.

U.S. Commercial Service Lagos | Nigeria Energy Specialist | Nigeria Market Overview

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The U.S. Commercial Service is currently recruiting delegations from over 35 countries and will organize various programs at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2018 to assist U.S. companies export their products and services to these markets.

Countries recruiting delegations to OTC 2018:

    Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, Egypt, Ecuador, Ghana, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, UAE.

    Leverage All 3 Elements of the U.S. Commercial Service Program

    For more information or to register click here


    Join the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Mid-America District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Design + Construct, a dynamic conference bringing together global leaders in the design and construction sectors. The conference will feature presentations on global construction opportunities, pre-screened matchmaking and networking sessions to build new business and partnerships. Attendees will include international executives, sales and marketing professionals, project owners, developers, architects, engineers, and construction firms.

    Meet with Global Energy Executives: INNICSA (Nicaragua), KOLIN (Turkey), Rendeavour (Kenya/Ghana), Prime One Group General Trading and Contracting Co (Kuwait), IDOM, The Taiwan Power Company (TPC), KCC Engineering (Kuwait), Tekfen Engineering (Turkey), JFE Engineering Corporation (Japan) , IHI (Japan). See full profiles online here. 

    Meet One-on-One with U.S. Commercial Diplomats and International Executives Whether for new export opportunities, advice in overcoming challenges, or general market research, pre-schedule meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats, project owners, developers and government officials from key markets such as: Brazil,  Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey.

    For more information or to register click here

    Trade Events



    Explore Downstream Energy Opportunities in Egypt

    WEBINAR featuring Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    10:00 AM (ET) / 9:00 AM (CT)

    This Webinar provides an overview of the key opportunities and challenges Egypt has in meeting energy consumption demands and explains how this will lead to greater opportunities for U.S. oil and gas operators, service companies, and manufacturers.

    Egypt represents the region’s most populated energy market, Africa’s largest non-OPEC producer, and the largest oil and gas consumer on the continent. While Egypt is a mature fossil energy market, there is continued demand for new suppliers as discoveries in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and Western Desert require new and innovative technology. The local market is looking for technology that reduces energy costs while simultaneously boosting production.

    In 2018, Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum will issue tenders for upgrading refineries and modernizing existing LNG terminals to become a regional hub for energy.

     For more information, contact Dina Bissada or Mohmoud Chikh-Ali 

    Solar PV Market update Brazil

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    12:00-1:00 PM (CST)

    The Brazilian Solar PV Market is experiencing a boom of new projects and opportunities, both in utility-scale with the successful recent energy auctions and rooftop PV with the expansion of distributed generation. Key regulatory changes and tax incentives stimulated new and rapid 52.3% growth in distributed generation in Brazil in 2017. Consequently, estimated revenues from the Distributed Generation Market reached approximately US$ 225 million in 2017. In the recent energy auctions, 29 new utility-scale solar plants were contracted, totaling over 800MW and representing almost US$ 2 billion in investments by 2022. The webinar will address these promising developments and the opportunities for investments in Brazil, including a Q&A with the speaker Dr. Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia (ABSOLAR) at the end of the presentation. Don´t miss it!

    If you are unable to attend, but are interested in the presentations or webinar recording, feel free to register .

     For more information, contact Igly Serafim.

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    The Global Energy Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. energy industry, expanding market access, and increasing exports. To learn more about you how you can receive assistance in finding market intelligence, developing your export strategy, connecting with international buyers, or support at trade events, contact your Local Trade Specialists in one of our 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers around the U.S. Visit our Energy webpage or follow us on Twitter.

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