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MD Western to Increase Output by 253%

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  • MD Western to Increase Output by 253%

The nation’s indigenous companies may meet their output target of 500,000 barrels per day, bpd, up from the current level of about 300,000 bpd by 2018, as MD Western concludes plans to raise output by 253 per cent.

The company which currently produces 17,000 bpd, including condensate, plans to increase output to 60,000 bpd.

Located on Oil Mining Lease, OML 34 in the Western Niger Delta, the company produces from fields such as Utorogu, Ughelli East, and Ughelli West, with total flow-station capacity of 90 Mbpd.

According to the company, the block has two gas plants; one in Utorogu field with 360 MMscfd and the other in Ughelli East field with 90 MMscfd capacity.

It pointed out that the combined fields currently produce an average of about 390 MMscfd of gas, and 17,000 bpd of oil and condensate.

“OML 34 is of utmost strategic importance to Nigeria and the West African sub-region, as a major supplier of gas for electricity generation in Nigeria. It also feeds gas through the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) to neighboring countries.”

“Gas from OML-34 is produced from two of its fields, the Utorogu field and the Ughelli East field. Non associated gas (NAG) production from the Utorogu field started in 1989. A total of 11 NAG wells have been drilled to date.”

“The gas processing plant in Utorogu has an installed capacity of 360MMscf/d. Gas produced from the field goes into the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline (ELPS) owned and managed by the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) from where it is distributed to our gas customers,” it added.

The Managing Director of Energia Limited, Mr. Felix Amieyeofori had indicated in an exclusive interview that Energia started as a consortium of leading Nigerian service and technology providers who came together with little cash but with great personnel, equipment and services to work, thus culminating to the production of first oil.

“Energia currently has the capacity to produce 7, 000 bpd but is looking forward to producing 15, 000 bpd in near future, hopefully as we resume full production and injection through Forcados terminal. Generally, we would want to participate in bidding for new oil blocks once the bid is out. We would want to grow,” he had stated.

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Petroleum Company Plc, Dr. Layi Fatona, had also disclosed that the company is currently producing 7, 000 bpd.

He had said that the company has done more, considering that it produces nearly 45mm Scf/d gas from the Ogbele Field, and about 10,000 bpd and 260 mm Scf/d of gas from the OML-34 JV.

Fatona had indicated that in the short term, the company plans to remain relevant in a nimble way, within the Nigerian exploration and production patch.

He had disclosed that as for the medium term, the company will like to become an attractive investment vehicle, which is able to grow with steady injection of new capital periodically for each of outlined phases of growth.

Mr. Austin Avuru, Managing Director of Seplat Petroleum Development Company indicated that the combined production if indigenous companies would close the huge gap between them and their foreign counterparts.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Ardova Appoints Mr. Oladeinde Nelson-Cole as Company Secretary/General Counsel

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Ardova Plc, an indigenous energy group, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with extended operations in Ghana, has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Oladeinde Nelson-Cole as Company Secretary/General Counsel with effect from 1 April 2021.

This was disclosed in a letter signed by Olumide Adeosun, Chief Executive Officer, Ardova Plc.

Mr. Nelson-Cole is a lawyer with over 14 years of experience spanning Company Secretarial, Corporate Compliance and General Legal Practice. He is a graduate of the Lagos State University.

Prior to joining Ardova Plc, Mr. Nelson-Cole was a Senior Associate in the law firm of RouQ and Co.

As the Company Secretary/General Counsel, Mr. Nelson-Cole will continue to guide the Board of the Company in ensuring strict compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements.

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Heirs Oil & Gas Announces CEO and Board Appointments

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Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG), the leading African integrated energy company, has announced the appointment of Osayande Igiehon as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 4, 2021, together with a distinguished non-executive board, bringing together leading industry figures, with considerable global and regional experience.

Heirs Holdings Limited’s (HH) portfolio company, HHOG, completed the acquisition of OML17 in January 2021, in one of the largest oil and gas financings in Africa in more than a decade, with a financing component of US$1.1 billion. The transaction represents a further implementation of the HH Group strategy of creating the leading integrated energy business in Africa. Through a series of strategic portfolio holdings, HH is executing this strategy. Most recently, affiliate company, Transcorp made a US$300 million acquisition of Afam Power, increasing the Group’s installed electricity generating capacity to 2,000MW.

Mr. Igiehon, who joins from the Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), where he was previously a Vice-President with the Group in the Hague, Netherlands. He brings over twenty-seven years of experience and expertise in the oil and gas sector with Shell, where he held a series of senior management positions. Mr. Igiehon previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Gabon, where he led the successful turnaround of the operational, safety and financial performance.

HHOG is also pleased to announce the appointment of the following distinguished private sector and senior industry leaders to the Board:

  • Tony O. Elumelu, CON is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
  • Sally Udoma who previously served as general counsel for Chevron Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East Exploration and Production. Previously, she was general counsel for Sasol Chevron Consulting Limited and managing counsel at the London Legal Service Centre for Chevron Global Upstream and Gas. She has also served as general counsel and general manager for Chevron Nigeria Limited.
  • Anil Dua is a founding partner at Gateway Partners Limited, a private equity fund specialising in dynamic growth markets including Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, Mr. Dua worked for over thirty-five years with Standard Chartered Bank in Asia, Africa, Europe and the US, where he held various roles including Regional CEO West Africa and Regional Head of Origination and Client Coverage, Africa.
  • Ahmadu Kida Musa who previously served as Deputy Managing Director of Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, has over thirty-two years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry and brings considerable expertise in Nigerian oil and gas.
  • Stanley Lawson currently serves on the board of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. He is Managing Partner at Financial Advisory & Investment Consultants Ltd. Dr Lawson previously occupied the position of Group Executive Director-Finance & Accounts at Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.
  • Samuel Nwanze is the Chief Finance Officer at Heirs Oil and Gas. Prior to this he was the Chief Investment Officer at Heirs Holdings responsible for investment and capital management.

Commenting, Mr. Igiehon stated: “HHOG represents an extraordinary opportunity, to create Africa’s first true integrated energy company, with a mission to ensure that Africa’s natural resources are directed toward value creation in Africa, powered by sustainable, robust and abundant African energy. I am excited to join the Heirs Oil and Gas leadership team and look forward to the opportunity to transform the energy sector, purposefully address Africa’s energy needs and improve the lives of people across Africa.”

The Chairman of the Board, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, stated: “I am delighted to welcome our new board members. We are building a role model institution for African businesses and our investment in human capital is a further strong demonstration of our intent. The regional and global expertise of our board members will serve to further drive value creation to our continent, as we execute our goal of becoming Africa’s largest, indigenous, integrated, energy company.”

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CHI Limited Celebrates Its Maiden Hollandia Dairy Day

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Nigeria’s leading dairy brand, Hollandia, is set to hold the maiden edition of its Hollandia Dairy Day. The event which will be celebrated on the 18th of May 2021 will provide a veritable platform to drive the national discourse on the unrivaled health and nutrition benefits of dairy consumption to people of all ages.

Set to be hosted as a conference, the theme of this year’s event is “Dairy Nourishment to Support Healthy Living”, and it focuses on the vital role dairy consumption plays in our everyday nourishment, its benefit to our overall health, and why dairy products should be included in our diets every day.

This conference, which is designed as a hybrid of the physical and virtual events, will feature presentations, interviews and panel discussions from health experts and nutritionists as they provide insights and share perspectives to guide informed decisions about dairy consumption as part of a daily balanced diet. The event is opened to the public through the brand’s multiple social media platforms.

According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 2019, Nigeria has low dairy consumption levels per head – 15 to 20 liters per capita consumption. This is partly attributable to the low purchasing power of the average Nigerian household, who rank milk and dairy products as non-essential luxuries and prioritize other staple foods such as rice, beans, and yam.

By provoking the conversations and stimulating public action/intervention, Hollandia aims to drive consciousness for dairy consumption and its importance to achieving optimum health, and to get many more Nigerians drinking, using, and consuming dairy products.

The past year has presented unprecedented shocks and disruptions, including a global COVID-19 pandemic. As communities throughout the world look for ways to minimize the risk of COVID-19, maintaining and boosting good health is top of mind for many. Dairy foods such as milk and yogurt contain essential nutrients, including Vitamins A and D, Zinc and Protein, which support immune function.

The Hollandia Dairy Day Conference is a public interest initiative created to highlight the importance of dairy in everyday nutrition and healthy living in Nigeria.

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