By Sully Manope, in Abuja
Bayo Ojulari is expected to take over as Managing Director of SNEPCO, the exploration and offshore arm of the Shell operations in Nigeria. He will be taking the job from Tony Attah, the high flying Shell Manager, who is proceeding on an assignment in the company’s global headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. The announcement of the moves is imminent.
It will be the second change of baton at the helm of SNEPCO (Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company) in the space of 18 months. It was only in mid last year that Attah took over the job from the retiring Chike Onyejekwue, who is now Managing Director of Aiteo Exploration and Production Company, an upstream subsidiary of the rapidly growing energy conglomerate which is in downstream crude oil marketing, petroleum product deliveries, power generation and exploration and production.
Mr. Attah looks like he is being prepared to ultimately become the Managing Director of SPDC (Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria), a position currently occupied by Osagie Okunbor.
Ojulari has been General Manager in charge of development for Shell Companies in Nigeria for close to six years. A member of SPDC board of directors, he is responsible for Onshore and Offshore Petroleum Engineering, Technical Integration of Development, Wells and Project Engineering.
He has a wide job scope which covers managing all petroleum engineering and cross-functional integration aspects of 100 producing oil and gas fields with production capacity of 1 Million barrels of oil per day oil and 2 billion standard cubic feet per day of gas, with direct responsibility for $100 million annual well and reservoir management operating expenditure, 15 major projects in execution with shared responsibility for annual well budget of $700Million, 3,000 member workforce with over 600 technical professionals, according to his job description on his Linked In profile.
He is a member of the sub-Saharan Africa Leadership and Shell global Technical leadership, covering drilling, facilities, major Projects and Development planning for executing current year’s programme and planning future investment for Shell Companies in Nigeria. Mr. Ojulari is, by his own account, responsible for subsurface resources volume management including, geophysics and geomantics, covering all seismic acquisition and interpretation activities, integrated petroleum engineering studies and delivery of field development plans, execution and optimization of field development plans, reserves management, Well and reservoir management in addition to identification and delivery of short term oil and gas opportunities, technical integration of business plan and production forecasts, data and information management.