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Oil Industry Continues To Support the Lagos Book & Art Festival

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The oil industry in Nigeria is stepping forward again this year, in support of the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF), the largest culture picnic in Africa and the continent’s most invigorating feast of the written word.

The 20th edition runs from November 5 to 11, 2018.

The most avid supporters have been Pillar Oil and the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources, two Nigerian independents.

They have both backed the Festival for Eight of the last 20 Years. Pillar has been particularly generous this year. So has Marine Platforms, a growing oil service firm which was first invited last year. It has come across as the most enthusiastic of the new backers.  Energy & Mineral Resources, a subsurface evaluation firm, has also been helpful.

The theme of this year’s festival is Renewal: A World That Works For All, a subject that is inspired by the need to reflect on the possibilities of shaping the country into a capable state, as the nation’s democracy turns 20 and the sixth general elections in the Fourth Republic are about to hold. The 10 core books, lined up for conversation over the course of the weeklong Festival, reflect, in various ways, ideas of nation building.

Toba Akinmoladun, CEO, NDPR…The company is an enthusiastic supporter

This initiative to strengthen the foundations of Nigeria as a literate society has also been supported, in the past, by Lekoil, a London listed Nigerian operator.

Neconde E&P, which weighed in with its backing in 2015, Midwestern Oil and Gas, which gave significant financial support in 2013 and  Esso Exploration Nigeria, the deepwater subsidiary of ExxonMobil in the country.

Hosted at the Freedom Park, site of an old colonial prison renovated into scenic grounds incorporating an art gallery, an auditorium, a museum, food court, amphitheatre and concert space, LABAF runs two parallel programmes; (1) the Adult programme involving discussions around books, book exhibition and fair, visual art display, poetry slam and musical performances, film screenings and art stampede and (2) a workshop-heavy, interactive Youth programme catering to young people between the ages of 9 and 16.

LABAF’s proposition to Nigeria’s leading oil explorers is to use the event to bolster their image as companies keen on the idea of rejuvenating the culture of book reading and engagement with ideas.

Nigeria is home to 170Million people and part of LABAF’s raison d’être is to convert as many as possible of this number into true human capital.

The Festival encourages oil companies to bring young people from the communities where they operate to participate in the Festival’s youth programme, which involves three days of literacy and literary exercises, art and craft workshops, mentorship and book reviews.

Outside these corporate brands, a number of selfless individual oil workers back the Festival in a significant way; by donating the books that are then sent to reviewers and discussants who make up the panels in the several readings and discussion segments which constitute LABAF.

Dickson Okotie, a consultant Early Production Facility (EPF) engineer, shipped in 10 books in 2013.

Bashir Koledoye, a former Chevron geologist who now owns a geoscience consultancy firm named D’Harmattan, bought copies of nine books in 2014, donated money for books in 2015 and in 2016 delivered six copies of three books (two for each) including The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany, Terrorism and the Politics of Fear by David Altheide, and The Spirit of Terrorism, by Jean Baudrillard.

In 2014, Caritas  PR, a reputation management company focused on the industry, founded by Dayo Ojo, an ExxonMobil “alumnus”, ordered fifteen copies of both the French scholar Thomas Picketty’s hefty tome: Capital in the 21st Century and Dambisa Moyo’s How The West Was Lost, for review and conversation at the Festival. A year after, Caritas donated copies of Joe Stiglitz’s new book: The Great Divide, Unequal Societies and What To Do With Them.

In 2015, Shell geologist Kehinde Olafiranye shipped in 20 copies of books, including Tom Burgis’ The Looting Machine and Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land for the purpose of two sessions at the 17th LABAF.

The earliest donors of books to the Festival included Layiwola Adeniji, a Chevron Nigeria communications specialist and Adedoja Ojelabi, former President of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) as well as Femi Aisida, a former Petroleum Engineer with Shell, each donating upwards of 20 books for three consecutive years between 2011 and 2013.

LABAF organisers are encouraged by this show of support for the finer elements of human civilisation by companies and individuals whose jobs involve the old fashioned business of extracting fossil fuels. “This tells us something”, says Jahman Anikulapo, programme chairman of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) and the Festival Director, “The Lagos Book and Art Festival is an important event and we will keep driving it”.

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Toyin Akinosho, publisher Africa Oil+Gas Report and Secretary General of CORA, organisers of LABAF.

 

 


Three In One Quality Marks Out NigerStar 7ADABA

By Foluso Ogunsan

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The NigerStar7 ADABA, a recently acquired vessel by NigerStar7, was unveiled at a renaming ceremony  held at the NigerDock facility, its first port of call on the 20th of September 2018. NigerStar7 is a Nigerian joint venture company formed by the Jagal Group and SubSea7, an offshore pipeline-laying and subsea infrastructure deployment organisation that had previously operated, exited and re-entered the Nigerian oil service industry.

NigerStar7 ADABA is described by Yann Cottart, CEO of NigerStar7, as “an Anchor Handling Tug and Supply vessel that is wholly-owned and flagged as a Nigerian ocean-going vessel entirely manned by a Nigerian crew of 14 persons”. This tripartite quality, Mr. Cottart, explains, ”makes it a first in the Nigerian offshore service industry”. Cottart claims that the vessel is “the most powerful anchor handling tug operating in Nigeria presently with a bollard pull of 140 tons. It can tow rigs and large-capacity supply vessels, retrieving and deploying anchor in deep offshore environment.” Mr, Cottart allows that the tugboat is “permanently imported and equity-financed through international lending of $10Million  in direct investment into the country. Ancillary services will add further $10Million in the next five years

Built in 2008, the Dynamically Positioned (DP2) vessel measures 70metres in length, summer draft of 6.1metres, deadweight of 2114.74metric tonne, gross tonnage of 2,705metric tonne, lightship of 2,539.51metric tonne, with applicable fire-fighting capability for both offshore and portside fires. The deck space measures 462square metres. It has a 52-bunk capacity, 14 crew members inclusive”. This tug has two Operation stations OS1 and OS2 equipped with three individual 680 kilowatt thrusters, two at the Bow, the third at the Stern. The thrusters allow the DP2 vessel to operate and switch stations without changing positions. A 2.2 metric tonne telescopic boom crane sits mid-ship the vessel. The vessel comes equipped with Electronic Fuel Monitoring System.” He further stated safety, integrity, innovation and performance as the bedrock of the NigeStar7 brand which aims to compete internationally.

For a vessel that has been operational a decade in, won’t its servitude time in Nigeria ebb quicker? “Not so!”, states Maher Jarmakani, Group CEO of the Jagal Group, one-half of the joint venture partnership- NigerStar7. “It’s not uncommon for vessels this kind to run a 25-year lifespan and still be useful”. With two jobs at hand, first-off the Erha Field onwards to Qua Iboe Terminal, both ExxonMobil facilities, the NigerStar7 ADABA has started off her Nigerian service life running. Port/Yard dockings during off-peak periods will largely be determined by economical factors of costs and benefits.

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Oilserv In Bed with GEPetrol

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The Nigerian engineering oil service company Oilserv Limited, is bolstering its Pan African credentials by getting into a joint venture with GEpetrol, the state hydrocarbon company of Equatorial Guinea.

The agreement between the two, signed in early July 2018, has resulted in the formation of OILSERV EQUATORIAL GUINEA S.L.

“The Joint Venture Partnership is a collective strategic thinking aimed at driving inbound investment into the Equatorial Guinea Oil/Gas landscape and to develop the necessary local technical capacity to support the investment aimed at repositioning the national economy”, the two companies say in a press release. “In this new collaboration, Oilserv brings its vast years of technical experience and successful delivery of projects to replicate its achievements in Equatorial Guinea oil and gas industry in partnership with GEpetrol”.

Oilserv is the most visible hydrocarbon pipeline installation firm in Nigeria; its order book is the key guide to the most important crude oil or natural gas pipeline construction is going on in Nigeria. Currently it is constructing half of the OB3 pipeline, the 48 inch, 67km line that is scheduled to be the nerve of the country’s imminent gas grid.

The company has however, been keen on expanding its footprints all over the African continent. It is involved in negotiations with the Ugandan government over a gas pipeline from the hydrocarbon rich town of Hoima to Kanugu, site of a proposed Iron and Steel factory. Its subsidiary, Frazimex, once took a position in Sierra Leone, as an E&P operator.

But to have formed a Joint Venture company with Equatorial Guinea’s state hydrocarbon firm is big deal.

There are no details on the project that the Joint Venture will start with, but GEpetrol’s credentials provide a clue: the company manages the Equatorial Guinea State’s participation in petroleum contracts, markets the State’s share of production and participates in oil service activities. In the midstream area, GEpetrol is a partner in the Equatorial Guinea Liquified Natural Gas Company and in other ventures, So that’s a clue: Equatorial Guinea has just created a hub for natural gas supplies, which will, in the first instance, introduce third party gas into the Punto Europa complex that was, until now, only supplied with gas from Marathon Oil operated Alba field. If the Equatorial Guinea government is thinking of pipeline to supply gas into that complex from any field that is some distance away, then Oilserv has the capacity to do it.

‘’I am delighted to welcome yet another global brand to GEpetrol, especially a respected and recognized name in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry”, says Antonio OBURU ONDO, Chief Executive of GePetrol. “This new partnership is a testament of the government continuous efforts in encouraging private sector participation with greater economic liberalization policies and the creation of favourable investment climate and enabling framework”.

 


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