Laurence Sams is back “home” in Nigeria.
He left the country in February 2018 after nine years as General Manager, Gulf of Guinea at PGS, the Norwegian Geophysical Company.
That company’s dwindling fortunes in Nigeria was the reason Sams left the place he loves so much, but now he is back in a new job, “to help forster Corporate Governance” at Century Energy a group of companies involved in E&P (operating the Atala marginal oil field in the Central Niger Delta Basin), Oil and Gas Logistics (developing the Kidney Island), FPSO leasing (it facilitated the lease of the Floating production facility on Ebok field for Afren/Oriental Resources) and FPSO management (It has managed for years, the NPDC controlled FPSO on the Okono field).
“We think his experience in such a place as PGS will serve us well”, says Ken Etete, founder and Group Chief Executive of Century Energy Group.
Sams is first and foremost a geoscientist; with a 1976 Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from Aston University and a 1978 Master of Science degree in Marine Geotechnics from Bangor University. He started his career as Project Geophisicist at Britoil Plc in 1980 and has been Senior Geophysicist at Carless Exploration Ltd and Chief Geophysicist at Nopec/PGS Nopec between 1985 and 1993.
He was first strongly noticed among the small, technical elite of the Nigerian oil industry in 2005, when he was appointed Country Manager for PGS, a position he held until late 2008, before he was promoted to manage the Gulf of Guinea portfolio.