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Petrolex Opens Tank Farm, Planned to Be Africa’s Largest

By Paul Kelechi

Petrolex Oil & Gas Limited, is set to launch what it calls a Mega Oil City in Ibefun, Ogun State, in the north of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub.
The company says it is part of a plan to revolutionise the Nigerian oil and gas landscape.

It has invited Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President, to launch the facility, the heart of which is reportedly a 300 million-litre capacity tank farm with the capacity to turnover 600Million litres of petroleum products every month.

“The facility is expected to improve the average Nigerian throughput capacity for distribution of petroleum products by over 500%”, the company says. Petrolex argues its project will decongest the tanker traffic in Apapa (the Port suburb of Lagos) and Ibafo (in the hinterland) by 60%, thereby eliminating hazards associated with storage and transportation of petroleum products in those areas. “To facilitate the achievement of its strategic goals, Petrolex has 16 barges, 8 tugboats and a 30KT vessel”, the company claims, adding, “the Petrolex Mega Oil City has a residential quarters, army barracks, 30 loading gantries and a 4000-truck capacity park with accommodation for drivers”.

The company reports that the tank farm is highly accessible through land and waterways; with easy access from the Atlantic Ocean. But how is that?
Petrolex’s CEO Segun Adebutu says the company consulted the vast midstream experience in the Netherlands “where They have narrow channels that are shallow but they are still able and capable to move their products up and down. They came in and did a survey and then built special barges that when fully laden, require just 1.8m draft to be able to operate. We spent close to $50Million building that fleet”, he claims. “What it essentially means is that, from our SBM (Single Bouy Mooring) point, we can bring in cargo into the channel and pump it into our tanks; which means we don’t need to dredge. That doesn’t mean to say some dredging hasn’t been done because space has to be created at the turn-around area and at the elbow coming into the River Aye.

“The River Aye empties into the Lekki channel which then empties into the lagoon and then into the Atlantic. So there is a way of bringing in, to a certain point, big vessels that will be anchored. Because they are too big to come in here, our barges will have to meet them half way and transship the cargo and bring it to site. In the long run, because we are going to be handling much more products from the refinery, we have finished doing the Front End Engineering Design to build using the micro-tunneling technology, a 32km pipeline that will go all the way past the fairway buoy and exit at an export platform. What that means is that, unlike an SBM, it can take up to 3 Super Maxis. Super Maxis are vessels that can take up to 200,000 tons of petroleum product, crude or whatever. They can berth there and we can pump as much as 200Million liters a day via the pipeline into the facility.

The reason we require that kind of volume is that that kind of pipeline is not just going to pump in or out only clean products; we are going to have a gas pipeline in it and also a pipeline that will handle crude.

Petrolex says it has a vessel that can take 30,000 tons of product, 16 barges that can carry clean products that can be propelled by push-out tugs.
This is essentially why it can say it has “proximity to the Lagos market, and easy accessibility to the Northern and Eastern parts of Nigeria, gives it a strategic advantage, as customers can load their products in unprecedented time and avoid delays which characterise the industry”.

In Ghana, Rigworld Fills the Training Gap

The Rigworld Training Centre in Takoradi, the main city in Ghana’s oil rich western region, is a significant contribution to the country’s oil and gas industry, in the words of its promoters.

Inaugurated on November 15, 2017, the centre, valued at $8.5Million, “is equipped with advanced simulators, helipad, water survival training pool, medical center, prime onsite accommodation, restaurant and fitness centre”, says Elizabeth Hayes, a spokesperson for the facility.

“Top international training experts with operational excellence have been selected by the centre to lead the training programmes that will be offered”, Ms. Hayes recommends.

She lists some of the programmes as follows:

• Survival Training (Offshore)
• Rope Access Training
• Well Control/Intervention Training
• Drilling Well Control Programme
• Lifting Competence Training
• Banksman and Slinging
• Rigging and Lifting
• Crane Operator Training
• NDT Training
• HSE Training
• IOSH Managing Safely
• IOSH Working Safely
• *Nebosh IGC
• *Nebosh Oil and Gas Technical Certificate
• Manual Handling
• Work At Height
• Rescue At Height
• Confined Space Entry and Rescue
• Safety Consultancy
• BFPA Hose Assembly Training

WAIPEC Aims to Set Industry Conference Standard

By Paul Kelechi

The second edition of the West Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, WAIPEC, is poised to set strategic standards on content, programs, quality of the delegates and communiques from conferences in the African oil and gas industry. Strategically positioned to be the first conference and exhibition for the year 2018, Bank-Anthony Okorafor, chairman of the Petroleum Technology Engineers Association of Nigeria told the Africa Oil+Gas Report in an exclusive interview that “WAIPEC 2018 will be a pace setter and pathfinder for the oil and gas sector for the rest of the year”. PETAN is the conference host while Global Events Partners are the organizers.

Over 2,000 delegates attended the maiden edition of the conference in 2017 and so far, more than 50% of the conference booths have already been taken. GEP is working assiduously to ensure that at least two ministers from other west African countries are in attendance at the 2018 edition of the conference. The goal is to diversify the industry people-experience-mix to be all encompassing. Bringing together experts from the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors will stimulate discussions when everyone is under one roof and is one of the best ways of sharing knowledge and best practices in the industry. “People share ideas on the best ways to do things technically, commercially and even discourse the risks involved” Bank-Anthony tell us as the interview went on.

The event organizers say WAIPEC is designed to be a solutions conference; that is the mindset behind what makes it different from other conferences before it. With board members of Gazprom, Google EMA and others indicting interest to be part of the 2018 event as speakers, WAIPEC is set to be a game changer. “One of them was the chairman of the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum and he is asking to be the keynote speaker,” Bank-Anthony informs.

The technical sessions are going to have such topics as E&P Geoscience, Oil & Gas Unconventional Field Development, Drilling and Completion, Gas Processing Technology and Operations, Offshore Technology and Operations, Operational Excellence, Maintenance and HSE, Downstream Refining and Petrochemicals, Fertilizer Technology and Operations, Power Generation Technology and Operations discussed at the conference. Upstream Regulatory and Physical Frameworks, Upcoming Onshore and Offshore Licensing Rounds in West Africa are also some key topics that will be talked about during the strategic sessions.

Two key players in the Nigerian oil and gas industry that delegates will like to see at the event are the Minister for State Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu and the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru. The technical elite of the E&P sector of the Nigerian oil industry see Ibe Kachukwu as a visionary in charge of policies; he also has fresh industry ideas while Baru is seen as a “great administrator who has so much love for the industry”.

A combination of Kachukwu and Baru will result in excellence as both will bring deep operational excellence and knowledge of the NNPC to WAIPEC. When asked if they will be at the conference, Bank-Anthony simply said: “I intend to bring both of them because I think both of them have a lot of value that they can bring to the table”.

PetroData Pushes Cloud Data Storage

By Akpelu Paul Kelechi, in Lagos

From inception, PetroData Management Services has catered primarily to the data management needs of the oil majors operating in Nigeria. “It took several years for PetroData to persuade these to start trusting their data to our storage site at Ikeja, (in the north of Lagos, the country’s financial hub)”, Taukeme Koroye, member of PetroData’s board told a group of industry experts at the recent ISMS ISO 27001:2013 award ceremony presented to the company. “But it happened after several years of work and exposing our environment to them. “We are trusted by 95% of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria on data management”, he claimed.

Data management is moving away from physical storage environments to shared service platforms that are beyond our physical reach. “We have been investing in e-business for the past 4 years to basically provide data management services to clients that don’t have to have it physically hosted in the environment either because the CAPEX justification will be difficult for them or because on a Stand Alone basis, their requirement will not warrant that level of investment”. Rather than companies buying individual IT capabilities such as infrastructure, platform, software, support and so on that will drive up cost, they could buy these capabilities from one source and enjoy availability, reliability, high value addition at a reduced cost on a shared platform.

“We want to encourage our clients, financial institutions, SMEs, government agencies amongst others to start moving over to this platform that we have so that rather than CAPEX, they start working on OPEX, rather than individual capabilities that will be built into these areas, they buy capabilities from one source and enjoy it” Koroye urges.

Depending on where you go from that migration path, from infrastructure as a service through platform to software, there will be different degree of the CAPEX-OPEX mix. The end point is when you are at software as a service that you can be said to be entirely on OPEX. Effective cost reduction during IT migration largely depends on your appetite for either one big move or stage by stage move. Overall, 70% of IT executives believe that moving to cloud technologies certainly delivers efficiency over their managing themselves individually because this certainly delivers cost efficiency. Empirical evidence shows that operating cost in relation to resilience requirement will be a loss of 15%.

“PetroData has been operating to world-class standards in data management since 1995 and the award of the ISMS ISO 27001:2013 certification really confirms what we have been doing as a business proposition through all these years. If you went into a shared service platform that has a scale and capacity that you need rather than stand alone, your benefits will accrue at cost per unit of whatever your measure is. This will be lower investment cost, more efficiency, easily operative and you will get into it without the necessity of initial investment cost. We also have the best partnerships in all of the offices that are built, whether at application level or at infrastructure level; we have always partnered with best in class providers so that in line with world class standards, we are delivering value to clients consistently”, Koroye emphasized.

Only about five companies in Nigeria has attained the award of the Information Security Management System (27001:2013) certification by the International Standards Organization and PetroData is one of them.

“I’d like to say that this is an amazing achievement and there are not many organizations out there who can achieve this kind of certification”, Director for International Trade at the office of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, said as he presented the certificate to Wole Shebioba, Managing Director of PetroData Management Services. “It’s a prestigious award and what it means is that it put you guys at the top; which mean you are one of the best companies out there”.
Babajide Soyode, chairman of PetroData added: “PetroData is now in the league of such entities as the World Bank, IMF, CBN who have achieved this prestigious award’.

Petrodata Achieves ISO 27001:2013 Certification

Petrodata Management Services Limited (PMSL) is the first multi-clientele Storage Data Centre in West Africa, a wholly owned Nigerian company incorporated in 1994 with a share capital of N250 Million out of which N185 Million has been fully paid up; today announced that it was awarded the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001 certification.

The ISO 27001:2013 certification includes the provision of data management services, encapsulating Cloud Services & disaster recovery; Electronic document Management systems (EDMS); Software Services (PSS), Colocation services; Data Storage, Data Transcription and Well Log Digitization Services.

ISO 27001:2013 is a global security standard that sets out requirements for an Information Security Management System. Petrodata’s compliance with the ISO standard was certified by DAS Certification – Member of United Kingdom SN Registrars (Holdings) Limited. It validates the company’s strong commitment to the ongoing maintenance and development of its Information Security Management System (ISMS), making information security and data protection an integral part of all its business processes.“The ISO 27001 Certification aligns with our strategic vision for Petrodata as a Storage and Data Management Service provider,” said Wole Shebioba, Managing Director of Petrodata.

We are honored to have earned this certification, demonstrating that our highest level of controls is in place when handling client’s confidential information.

Petrodata is continuing its commitment to provide further assurance of security controls and practices has established a governance program that includes the Management Committee whose job is to support the ongoing security improvements since we believe the “race for quality has no end”.

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