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Melissa Bond is ExxonMobil’s New CEO in Angola

Melissa Bond has taken over from Andre Kostelnik, as Lead Country Manager / Managing Director for ExxonMobil Angola.

“I’ve supported Angola twice previously in my career and could not be more excited to get to lead this amazing team”, Ms. Bond says, adding that she was “Honored and humbled” to take the appointment.

The Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Waterloo was promoted to the new job from the position of Development Manager of the Delaware Basin at XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, in March 2021. She is the first female to hold the position.

 

 

Bond holds extensive technical and supervisory experience in strategic planning, drilling and development planning in both mature and emerging markets, including the U.S., Canada and Papua New Guinea.

Her career highlights include roles as Subsurface Engineering Manager at Imperial Oil between August 2014 and March 2016 and Operations Technical Manager in Papua New Guinea.

ExxonMobil has been active in Angola since 1994 and holds interests in three deep-water blocks spanning nearly Two Million acres, including a 18% stake in the prolific Block 17 that accounts for the majority of the country’s output.  

 


Nicholson, Shinol are Kosmos’ New Top Earth Scientists

Kosmos Energy has promoted Tim Nicholson to Senior Vice President (SVP) and Head of Exploration, and John Shinol has been promoted to SVP and Chief Geoscientist.

Nicholson and Shinol joined Kosmos in 2018 and have been integral to the company’s infrastructure-led exploration (ILX) efforts over that period, primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The two earth scientists were both formerly at Cobalt International Energy where they were responsible for several large discoveries in West Africa (Angola) and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (North Platte, Anchor, and Heidelberg).

Tracey Henderson, the previous SVP of Exploration, has left Kosmos to pursue other interests.

Andrew G. Inglis, Kosmos Energy’s chairman and chief executive officer said: “As we see momentum return to our ILX activities in 2021, I am delighted to have two highly experienced, oil finders leading our exploration efforts. Tim and John have a long track record of proven-basin exploration success in our focus geographies of West Africa and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. We have a deep hopper of high-quality ILX opportunities, a strong bench strength of exploration talent and have already seen early success in 2021. I would like to thank Tracey for her time at Kosmos, particularly her contribution to the company’s frontier basin success in the past.”

 


EI’s New CEO is BP’s Former Head of Alternative Energy

Nick Wayth, formerly Chief Development Officer of Alternative Energy at BP, will take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Institute (EI), beginning May 4, 2021EI is a British headquartered global chartered professional membership body, which says it “articulates the voice of energy experts, taking the know-how of around 20,000 members and 200 companies from 120 countries to the heart of the public debate”.Wayth takes over from Louise Kingham, who has headed the EI and its precursor bodies for more than twenty years.

Ms. Kingham is stepping down this month to become UK Head of Country and Senior Vice President for Europe at BP.Wayth, who holds a PhD in Mechanical / Electrical Engineering and a degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Southampton, has spent nearly 22 years at BP plc in a broad variety of executive and management roles. Most recently he held the post of Chief Development Officer of Alternative Energy, where he led BP’s strategy and business development in a broad range of renewable technologies, including solar, offshore wind and digital energy. Through this role he was also a member of the BP Ventures Investment Committee, sponsoring several of BP’s venture investments.


Elohor Takes Over SNEPCO From Bayo Ojulari

By Sully Manope

Elohor Aiboni has taken over from Bayo Ojulari as Managing Director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO).

She is the first woman to take the job, which has become increasingly important as AngloDutch Shell increases its focus on deep-water, hub-scale opportunities.  

Mrs. Aiboni’s chief immediate task is to find a way to achieve Final Investment Decision (FID) for the pending Bonga SouthWest Aparo (BSWA) project, a job that Ojulari laboured over in the last three years. If she is lucky, she might even witness, on her watch, the 150,000BOPD (peak production) project from construction to first oil.

A 1999 bachelor of science degree holder in Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin, and Masters’ degree in Integrated Environmental Management from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, Aiboni has moved through the ranks, serving as operations support engineer in Shell’s Eastern Nigeria Division and team leader on the relatively large Obigbo oil field (around 160Million barrels reserves as of 2008), straddling two Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 11 &17. 

Her first look-in into Upper Management philosophy was as Business Analyst to the Executive Vice President Shell E&P Africa. She then moved on cross posting to Kazakhstan, where she was part of the Kashagan project, returning to assist in overseeing the divestment of Shell’s onshore eastern assets(OMLs 18, 24 & 29) in 2014/2015.

Aiboni’s first work on a Nigerian offshore asset was as operations manager of the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility on the shallow water EA field, which is a SNEPCO asset, in 2015. She moved into deeper waters three years ago, when she was appointed Asset Manager for the Bonga project, Nigeria’s flagship deepwater field.

That appointment can now be interpreted as the training opportunity for Elohor Aiboni to take the reins of SNEPCO.


Newcross’ Finance Man Crosses Over to Niger Delta E&P as CFO

Adegbola Adesina has been appointed Chief Finance Officer at Niger Delta Exploration and Production (NDEP), the operator of the Ogbele oil producing field and a 11,00BOPD gasoline refinery complex in eastern Nigeria.

He started on the job on March 22, 2021, crossing directly from Newcross E&P, where he was Head, Corporate Finance until the early weeks of-March 2021. Newcross E&P is a Nigerian independent producer and operator of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 24, also in eastern Nigeria.

Adesina had previously worked as Chief Finance Officer at Greenville LNG Ltd, a downstream supplier of natural gas in the country.

“He will add leadership, strength, content and capacity to our existing vibrant Finance function team”, said Ladi Jadesinmi, Chairman of the board of directors of NDEP. The company’s finance team, the chairman added, has “hitherto, managed successfully the healthy upkeep of our financial activities and, yearly improving robust performances and success of the organization”.

Adesina takes hold of NDEP’s CFO job after a vacancy the company had painstakingly tried to fill for two years.

He comes armed with an Executive MBA (2019) from the INSEAD Business School, as well as a First-Class Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (2002) from the University of Lagos. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), and has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

“His immediate past 10 years have been spent leading multi-disciplinary project teams that provided management, financial and accounting advisory services for project-specific and corporate transactions”, NDEP says in a statement. “These roles involve a working understanding of the entire business value chain, with emphasis on how commercial arrangements and business risks impact cash flows and profitability. He brings to the group, these rich experiences and understanding of both domestic and international capital markets, having advised clients on listings and capital raises in Nigeria, London and Canadian exchanges”.

 

 

 

 


Kenya’s Petroleum Regulator Resigns over Graft Allegation

Pavel Oimeke, director general of Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), has resigned.

He is in court for allegedly demanding a $4,500 (Sh500,000) bribe from an employee of a petrol filling station. He was arrested by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in December last year for

EPRA had closed the station because of sales of unauthorised fuel. Despite paying a fine, EPRA allegedly continued to delay authorising the reopening of the filling station.

The charges stated that on December 2, 2020, Mr. Oimeke requested for a financial benefit of $4,500 (Sh500,000) from Wycliffe Odhiambo Oyoo, allegedly sending the message through a private messenger App, and assuring him that he would authorise the opening of the station: Nyang’ina Filling Station in Oyugis, Homa Bay County.

The EACC said an employee at the fuel station handed over the cash to Oimeke at his office. The employee had tipped off the anti-corruption agency. Following the handover, the EACC arrested Oimeke.

The anti-corruption court, headed by chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti, heard that on December 10, Mr. Oimeke received a bribe of $1,820 (Sh200,000) from Mr Oyoo, so that he could authorise the opening of the filling station.

The EACC said Oyoo handed over the cash to Oimeke at his office after he had tipped off the anti-corruption agency. Following the handover, the EACC arrested the EPRA chief.

At the first hearing, the court ordered the EPRA chief to deposit a bond of $6,400 (Sh700,000 )or an alternative cash bail of $1,820 (Sh200,000), to secure his release. Oimeke paid the cash.

Oimeke has had a stormy time in office since the commencement of his second three-year term on August 1, 2020, when an EPRA board meeting decided to send him on leave pending the outcome of a case where a petitioner, Emmanuel Wanjala, challenged the legality of the tenure. Wanjala had accused Oimeke of “abuse of office, mismanagement of a public institution and public resources, corruption, tribalism and favouritism which is uncharacteristic of a public servant”. The EPRA reinstated Oimeke on October 9, 2020 following a court hearing on October 6, 2020.

 

 


Andrew Mackenzie Is the Next Chairman of Shell

The Board of Directors of Royal Dutch Shell plc has announced the appointment of Sir Andrew Mackenzie as the new Company Chair with effect from the conclusion of Shell’s 2021 Annual General Meeting, scheduled for May 18, 2021.

He will succeed Chad Holliday who will step down on May 18 having served as Chair for six years and as a Board Director since September 2010.

Mackenzie, a British national, joined Shell’s Board in October 2020, after a distinguished career in the energy, petrochemicals and resources sector, latterly as Group CEO of BHP from 2013 to 2019. From 2004 to 2007, at Rio Tinto, he was Head of Industrial Minerals and Diamonds. Prior to this, over a 22-year career at BP, he held senior leadership roles in exploration, research and development, and chemicals.

“His contributions to geochemistry and earth science led to his appointment as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014”, Shell says in a statement, “and he received a knighthood in 2020 for his services to business, science and technology”.

The statement adds that Mackenzie is bringing to Shell “his experience of leadership, his global outlook, and a deep understanding of the energy business and climate action”.

The search for the new Chair was led by Euleen Goh, Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director. The thorough and robust process included engagement with some of Shell’s larger investors, seeking input on the skills, attributes and sector knowledge that they considered important for the role. In addition to proven experience of leading a large, complex international organisation, the requirement was for someone with significant experience in capital discipline and with the ability to balance, and judge the timing, of the transformational changes that Shell needs to make.

 


Nine Journalists Selected for Premium Times’ Oil and Gas Media Fellowship

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 The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), through its Natural Resources and Extractives Programme (NAREP), has selected nine journalists across Nigeria for its flagship NAREP Oil and Gas Media Fellowship.

This fellowship aims to advance natural resource journalism in Nigeria. It is designed to train and build journalists that can effectively report and analyse the oil and gas sector by equipping them with the tools and resources they need.

Following the organisation’s call, PTCIJ received 1,429 applications from journalists and non-journalists across the country. Out of these, seventeen journalists were shortlisted and nine of them have been finally selected from across eight media organisations following interviews by an internal selection committee.

The selected journalists underwent a three-day intensive training which introduced them to the oil and gas sector. The training started on the 2nd of March and ended on the 4th of March, 2021.

The participants were trained by experts on a range of issues including but not limited to revenue management and distribution in the oil and gas sector, the impact of the management of oil and gas on the quality of life of Nigerians, laws and regulations in the oil and gas sector, review of the underrecovery regime, use of the freedom of information act, data presentation and analysis, making sense of the figures in reporting the oil and gas sector among others.

The fellows will be engaged for a total of three months during which they will work with mentors and will be required to provide at least two stories per month.

“Oil and gas sector operations in Nigeria have traditionally been opaque with little or no transparency on the part of the government”, says Akintunde Babatunde , Manager of NAREP. “This lack of openness has led to zero accountability, mismanagement of funds, revenue leakages and above all, the inability of the government to meet its financial obligation and to raise the quality of life of Nigerians,” he explains.

“Through the NAREP fellowship, PTCIJ plans to combine the tools of data aggregation, civic technology and investigative journalism to advance transparency and accountability in the extractive sector.”

About NAREP

NAREP aims to strengthen the capacity of media and civil society to demand transparency and accountability in the extractive sector by enhancing media and civil society collaboration in the reporting of activities in the industry. It seeks to highlight issues, and help set the agenda for the government in designing strategies for revenue diversification by looking beyond oil.

The training was supported by Natural Resource Charter.

 


Stéphane Michel is TOTAL’s New President Gas, Renewables & Power (GRP)

TOTAL has appointed Stéphane Michel as its President Gas, Renewables & Power (GRP) and a Total Executive Committee member, a position previously held by Philippe Sauquet, who has exercised his retirement rights.

Mr. Michel, a former Energy Advisor to a former French Finance Minister, resumed work on March 1, 2021.

Prior to the promotion, he was Senior Vice President Middle East & North Africa, Exploration & Production. Laurent Vivier succeeded him in that position in January 2021.

“The Gas, Renewables & Power segment has a key role to play in the growth, value creation and transformation of TOTAL into a broad energy company. We are very pleased to welcome Stéphane Michel to the Executive Committee,” commented Patrick Pouyanné, the company’s Chairman & CEO. “

TOTAL’s Executive Committee now consists of:

  • Patrick Pouyanné, Chief Executive Officer
  • Arnaud Breuillac, President, Exploration & Production
  • Helle Kristoffersen, President Strategy-Innovation
  • Stéphane Michel, President, Gas, Renewables & Power
  • Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals
  • Jean-Pierre Sbraire, Chief Financial Officer
  • Namita Shah, President, People & Social Responsibility
  • Alexis Vovk, President, Marketing & Services

 

Before Stéphane Michel became TOTAL’s SVP Middle East & North Africa, Exploration & Production in January 2014, he was the Managing Director of TOTAL E&P Qatar (2012-2014) and TOTAL E&P Libya (2011). He joined the Group in 2005, working for Downstream Asia, based in Singapore.

Stéphane Michel was born in 1973 and is a graduate of École Polytechnique (1994) and École des Mines de Paris (1997). He served as Energy Advisor to the French Finance Minister (2002-2004).

 


Yetunde Taiwo Takes Charge of Seplat’s ‘New Energy’ Portfolio, with the Gas Business

Yetunde Taiwo has been appointed the General Manager for New Energy at Seplat.

It is a position that comes with the company’s Gas Business, which she had managed before, so it’s an expanded portfolio.

Seplat is Africa’s largest homegrown E&P company.

Until January 2021, Taiwo was Chief Executive Officer of the ANOH Gas Processing Company (AGPC), the incorporated Joint Venture owned equally between Seplat and the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), which manages a $700Million midstream development that will monetise 300Million standard cubic feet produced every day from the Assa North /Ohaji South fields, straddling Shell operated Oil Mining Lease (OML) 21 and Seplat operated OML 53, onshore eastern Nigeria.

Taiwo took the AGPC job after three and half years as the first GM Gas (or Head of Gas Business as it is called), where she oversaw the development of one of the fastest growing domestic gas businesses in Nigeria.  On her watch, Seplat grew its operated gas production capacity from 300Million standard cubic feet per day (300MMscf/d) to 525MMscf/d.

Her new role of superintending the New Energy unit involves the increase of gas products to be monetised in the form of LPG, CNG and other gas derivatives, with opportunity framing in the renewable energy space. “A different set of skills is required to get into renewables”, Roger Brown the company’s CEO, told London South East last November, but he added that the New Energy unit, would provide guidance for the company.

“We are looking at LPG, Liquid Petroleum Gas on all of our gas plants and that can be utilised in the local market”, Mr. Brown told London South East. “We’re looking to Compress Natural gas (CNG) and, we are looking further down the value chain potentially into supplying smaller scale, probably not retail but certainly, smaller scale wholesale and customers. And then, through that, we look at what renewable energy means for Nigeria into the future and it’s got huge potential, particularly, in solar. We’ve got a lot of the sun all year round here. That will be a great renewable fuel source for the country. And what we really want to do is that we need to get the grid system up to a level we are having more of the gas going through it and then, the grid will rely on grids solar power rather than, off grid small scale. So that’s something we are looking at”. That statement, effectively framed Mrs. Taiwo’s key job responsibilities

Taiwo started her career as a reservoir engineer with Chevron Nigeria Limited in 1991, straight from National Youth Service. By the time she left the American major, for BG, in 2007, she was a planning advisor at the company’s Asset Management Division. She worked for BG as Economics manager before she showed up at Seplat in May 2011 as head of planning and economics. She joined NNPC, the state hydrocarbon company, in 2013, as General Manager, Planning at NAPIMS, the Investment arm. She was appointed head of Gas Business when she returned to Seplat in 2015.

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