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What’s So Hot About Shell People?


The Anglo Dutch Major Provides The Stock Of Chief Executives For Most Of Africa’s Leading Independents…
By Toyin Akinosho

WHEN AFREN ANNOUNCED FIRST Oil from the Okoro field in south eastern Nigeria in June 2008, the company had existed only for four years.

The  managing director of Afren Nigeria, the company’s heartland, at the time, was Egbert Imomoh, a former Deputy Managing Director at Shell who had worked briefly in London after retirement, before joining the board of the new company founded by Liberia’s Ethelbert Cooper.

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GE (General Electric) Wants Communications Manager / West Africa

The Communications Manager, West Africa is responsible for leading communication strategies and plans in West Africa that are aligned with the growth objectives of GE Africa and across businesses in the region. This role will create and implement a ‘One GE’ communications strategy for West Africa that delivers business objectives and builds GE’s brand and reputation among stakeholders.
This role would also manage digital communications for Sub-Saharan Africa as a secondary responsibility.

Essential Responsibilities:
Represent One GE in West Africa, engage the key stakeholders and drive communications plans and messaging that…

  • Contribute to regional growth and achievement of commercial objectives,
  • Build the GE brand as the infrastructure leader in West Africa,
  • Provide positive influence to public policy,
  • Identify and mitigate potential reputation risk issues,
  • Build GE as an “Employer of Choice” and contribute to employee retention
  • Work closely with Nigeria CEO to implement a strong country-to-company communications program in Nigeria
  • Lead Digital communications platform for Sub-Saharan AfricaManage multiple agencies to deliver comms objectives in media relations, CSR, branding and events.
  • Work closely with business leaders to identify proof points and best practice examples in support of GE Africa/country messaging.
  • Build media relationships and work with targeted major business & mainstream media around GE initiatives and products.
  • Develop content and execute for various corporate communications programs and initiatives encompassing above and below the line programs, digital, PR.
  • Develop extensive written communications including press releases, holding statements, Q&As, position papers and pitches.
  • Management of West Africa stakeholder mapping and public affairs program to engage GE stakeholders and influencers.
  • Lead GE’s citizenship/CSR initiatives in West Africa through local programs and events.

To apply, go to

This notice expires by April 10, 2013

Disclaimer: Neither Africa Oil+Gas Report, nor its parent company Festac News Press Limited, nor any of its agents, is responsible for this transaction. This is just an announcement, an advertisement.

FID For Tanzanian LNG Likely By 2016

By Sully Manope
Norweigian operator Statoil has said that an investment decision on a likely LNG plant in Tanzania is not due for another three years(2016).

Translation: it is still early days yet, even as the European company celebrates a new gas find in the country’s deepwater, which it calculates as bringing its total recoverable resources there to 10-13 trillion cubic feet(TCF).

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Ghana Gets To First Gas In 4th Quarter 2013

Ghana Gets To First Gas In 4th Quarter 2013

Gas Company says no award yet for LPG Plant.
Ghana plans to commission its early production facility for gas by the 4th Quarter of 2013. This is quite a significant slip from the three earlier timelines, first December 2012, second end of 1st Quarter 2013,

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Seme Field Returns To Production In 2014


By John Ankromah
Benin Republic’s lone oil field, Seme, located in shallow offshore  Benin Basin, on the border with Nigeria, will be brought back on stream by mid- 2014, it is official.

The Nigerian minnow South Atlantic Petroleum(SAPETRO) , says it will start drilling, from the last quarter of 2013, the three producer wells that will drain the field. One straight hole and two deviated wells will be drilled from a single conductor supported platform. Peak production is expected to be around 6,000BOPD.

Seme was abandoned in 1997, after 14 years of production by a succession of companies including Saga Petroleum, Pan Ocean and Ashland. It produced over 21Million barrels and was delivering over several times more water than it was producing oil at the time of field dismantlement. Seme produced 7,627BOPD at its peak in 1984. At the lowest in 1997, just before abandonment, it was delivering only 1,207BOPD.
SAPETRO took over the block in 2004, acquired three dimensional seismic data and conducted extensive interpretation, reservoir characterization and modeling, results of which were shared at the Offshore West Africa Conference in Accra last week. The company’s earth scientists say that their studies will enable the company optimize production and carry out more efficient reservoir management practices than previous operators. The new data revealed two more culminations(West and Central), apart from the lone (Eastern) culmination which the previous operator produced from, meaning that there’s more bypassed oil than the initial data suggested.

A total of 9,000Barrels Of Liquids Per Day(BLPD) will be produced at peak, of which 3,000BLPD will be water and 6,000BOPD is prognosed to be oil. SAPETRO expects the field can still be drained optimally for another 16 years.

September 2013 No Longer Feasible For Midwestern’s Pipeline

Adams Okoene, CEO Midwestern Oil&Gas

Midwestern Oil&Gas, the Nigerian independent, has moved forward the commissioning date  for  a new, 12-inch, crude oil evacuation pipeline from its Umusadege Field in Western Niger Delta. The last scheduled completion date was September 2013. Now the company would rather not talk of a date.

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Nigerian Minnow Plans A 5,000BOPD Refinery

Nigerian independent, Waltersmith Petroman, is evaluating the feasibility of installing a 5,000 BOPD refinery on its Ibigwe field in the eastern Niger Delta basin. The refinery, it hopes, “will provide an alternative income stream especially in the wake of very frequent disruption in export schedules caused by the vandalisation of pipelines in the Niger Delta”, the company said in a statement.

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SPE: ‘Nigeria Embraces The African Promise’

In its 40th year, the Nigerian Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers(SPE), is looking outward to the continent.

“As the largest and most established SPE organization in Africa”, says Osayande Igiehon, the Nigerian SPE council chairman for 2011-2013, “we have a pivotal regional leadership role, both at the Sub-Saharan and Africa levels”.

The Nigerian SPE occupies a large space in the global organization. “SPE operates in 123 countries in the world

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The Drillers’ Club Arrives The Sunny Continent

Global body of drilling contractors gets its first African chapter
By  Foluso Ogunsan, in Lagos

Seventy two years after the International Association of Drilling Contractors(IADC) came to being in Houston, Texas, the capital of the global oil patch, an African chapter has finally been formed.

The Nigerian chapter of the IADC (or IADC Nigeria as it has chosen to be called), launched in October 2012, is the first IADC chapter on the continent. It’s the result of several past efforts which have been challenged by

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‘Warri Boy’ Takes Over British Gas (BG) Worldwide

The last European to be Chief Executive Officer of Shell Nigeria has taken over the reins of BG’s entire portfolio worldwide.

Chris Finlayson, who handed over to Basil Omiyi, the company’s first Nigerian managing director in 2002, left the Anglo Dutch major two and half years ago and moved on up in the world. He took over the helm of BG group on January 1, 2013. Prior to that elevation, Finlayson was Executive Director and Managing Director BG Advance.

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