Meet the Chairman

Ayo Kilani, NLNG

“As Conference Chairman, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 12th edition of the International Valve World Conference & Expo. The event will take place from November 29th to December 1st in Dusseldorf, Germany.

I attended the conference for the first time in 2016, following a recommendation by a valve subject matter expert who works for one of our shareholder companies. Prior to that time, I had led a team in my current organisation to develop a valve maintenance strategy for our critical valves and felt the need f or other insights to further shape the strategy f or flawless implementation.

During the years, I have gained hands-on experience working with OEMs and maintenance contractors in developing a fit-for-purpose valve maintenance strategy to improve plant reliability and minimise occurrences of leaks and fugitive emissions.

Ayo Kilani

I am looking forward to sharing these experiences through my chairmanship and participation in the Valve World Conference 2022. A key expectation for me at the upcoming conference is for participants to showcase products, services and to share insights that will help the various businesses achieve lower CAPEX and OPEX in the face of the significant drop in oil and gas prices in the international market.

There will be something for everyone here. Each day starts with plenary lectures addressing global, broader aspects of the valve industry. These lectures will provide food for thought as to how crucial end-user markets and the valve industry will develop in the near future. Workshops and technical sessions are to follow, focussing on more hands-on topics.

There will be plenty of opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow-delegates or the presenters. After all, the Valve World Conference is an excellent networking event, designed to meet up with old acquaintances or come into contact with new members of the global valve community.

I am looking forward to meeting you at Valve World Expo and Conference!”

Ayo Kilani

Ayo Kilani moved to NLNG and the oil and gas industry in 2001 after working in reliability and maintenance roles for a little over a decade in one of the blue-chip manufacturing companies in Nigeria. “My first role at NLNG was as a Plant Engineer, soon after which I was assigned to the role of Mechanical Engineer on LNG Trains 4 & 5 – expansion project – for the detailed engineering design phase at the EPC contractor’s office in the UK. I also participated in the construction, commissioning, and start-up phases of the project.”

Mr Kilani subsequently led the Mechanical and Civil engineering teams in the design office for plant change projects and later became Area Maintenance Coordinator/Superintendent for the LNG trains. “I was also acting Head of maintenance for about a year before moving into my current role as Head Mechanical Engineering (static equipment) a little over four years ago.”