African Petroleum Standards Carry Weight for U.S. Foreign Investors

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Regulations that are not harmonized with those of other global producers can be a major impediment to foreign direct investment

HOUSTON, United States of America, October 7, 2021/ — With Nigeria passing its long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in July and Equatorial Guinea announcing plans to revise its Hydrocarbon Law last week, Africa’s leading oil producers are overhauling their regulatory frameworks, with a view to facilitating investment into large-scale energy projects. As fallout from COVID-19 renders the regulatory landscape a decisive criterion against which investors measure their decisions, the harmonization of international petroleum standards in Africa has become a prerequisite for sustainable energy development.

In fact, regulations that are not harmonized with those of other global producers can be a major impediment to foreign direct investment. Nigeria’s PIB, for example, was estimated by the country’s Department of Petroleum Resources to incur $15 billion in lost investments per year before its adoption. As a result, African nations are working to integrate best standards within their laws and regulations that are broadly recognized in markets worldwide.

The American Petroleum Institute (API), for its part, serves as a critical partner in this process. As the largest U.S. trade association for the oil and natural gas industry, the organization represents nearly 600 corporations involved in production, refining, distribution and other segments along the petroleum industry value chain. API’s mission is to promote safety across the global industry and influence public policy in support of a robust U.S. oil and gas sector.

Leading the panel, “The Energy Investor Roundtable: Global Standards and Best Practices,” API has signed on as a sponsor of the upcoming U.S.-Africa Energy Forum 2021, a two-day event highlighting investment and partnership opportunities across the African energy value chain and repositioning the U.S. as the primary partner of choice, taking place in Houston, on December 9-10. Among other key objectives, the session will tackle how to create an enabling environment for future energy investment; anticipated merger and acquisition activity; the role of government commitments and private sector input in implementing best practices; and the impact of key legislation on mitigating perceived risk.

API has been active in promoting international petroleum standards and management systems across African petroleum markets, specifically building a three-year plan to harmonize standards in the West African region.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Energy Capital & Power.

Energy Capital & Power – in partnership with the African Energy Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Committee – invites U.S. companies, investors and organizations to participate in the first-ever U.S.-Africa Energy Forum (USAEF) (December 9-10, 2021, Houston, Texas), introducing American companies to African opportunities. To learn more about how U.S. firms can advance the agenda of sustainable, long-term investment in African energy, please visit To sponsor, speak or attend USAEF 2021, please contact Senior Director James Chester at

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