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Baru Applauds Total on Egina FPSO



  • Baru Applauds Total on Egina FPSO

The Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, has commended Total Group for delivering Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel below the budget of $14.9 billion, as against the $16 billion budget forecast.

The NNPC helmsman stated that Total was the only integrated company operating in Nigeria that ensured that more than 75 per cent Nigerian Content footprint was registered in the project from inception to completion.

He gave this commendation, while receiving the Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Total Group, Patrick Jean Pouyanné and other top management of the Group, in Abuja.

Baru, was quoted to have said this in a statement by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division NNPC, Abuja Ndu Nghamadu.

According to Baru, “We also congratulate you on the efficiency you brought to bear on that project as it was delivered below budget and with very high Nigerian Content.

“The integration yard of Egina FPSO is there to stay and many other FPSOs will be constructed from that yard.”

The GMD commended Total Group for the support extended to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) project, stressing that it would further bolster the development of other fields that would lead to the takeoff of NLNG Train 7.

The NNPC boss, applauded Total Group for its proposal on a renewable energy solution joint venture between NNPC and the Group, adding that the corporation would expeditiously set up a team to work with Total Group with a view to boosting the electricity supply in-country.

On the downstream, Baru praised Total Group for the collaboration with the corporation in ensuring steady supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country.

“We want to thank you and your leadership for your pragmatic approach to resolving all issues as it relates to Joint Ventures and Production Sharing Contracts.

“This strategy has further strengthened our business relations and deepen our commitment to our goals of adding value to the nation’s hydrocarbon resources for the benefit of Nigerians and other relevant stakeholders,” Baru posited.

Earlier, Pouyanné, said Nigeria was very important to the Total Group, reiterating that the Egina FPSO was delivered below budget with a lot of Nigerian content.

He reassured that Total would continue to invest in more deep water projects in Nigeria and described the NLNG project as a very important asset that his company was deeply committed to “Nigeria has the largest potential for oil and gas exploration in Africa. Total Group is looking ahead into the future and we would continue to collaborate with Nigeria and NNPC in Oil and Gas Exploration, NLNG and Renewable energy,” Pouyanné added.

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Experts to Provide Insights on Tech & Digital Transformation at MSME Dialogue 3.0



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The third edition of MSME Dialogue will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10am (WAT). Experts at the virtual event will provide insights while discussing the theme: Powering MSMEs with Technology and Digital Transformation.

The event, which is organized by MSME Africa, is expected to have owners and managers of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Business owners from different sector in attendance.

MSME Dialogue which holds every quarter, seeks to address, burning and relevant  issues about entrepreneurship and running a small business as well as proffering solutions to those issues.

The event aims to provide the right knowledge and know-how for MSMEs, Entrepreneurs, and Startups to enable them to grow and thrive and features subject matter experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals, and players within the MSME Ecosystem.

The speakers expected at the event are: Akeem Lawal, Divisional CEO, Interswitch Group, Rex Mafiana: CEO, FPG Technologies, Fatma Nasujo, Global Head of Operational Excellence at Sokowatch, Kenya, David Lanre Messan, CEO, FirstFounders, Bisoye Coker, CEO/Co-founder, Kiakia FX. The session will be moderated by Solape Akinpelu: CEO/Founder, HerVest.

According to the convener of the event who is also the founder of MSME Africa, Seye Olurotimi “Every business owner who is serious with their business would agree with me that technology and digital transformation are important factors for business growth and success. We all can’t all run or won Tech startups but we can always drive our businesses and operations with Technology and Digital Tools”

“Tech-driven Businesses are making waves and turning in almost unbelievable results against all odds. Businesses who have embraced technology, automation and digital transformation are enjoying unquantifiable advantages. It is because of this that I am calling on business owners and managers to join us at the 3rd Edition of MSME Dialogue, on Saturday April 24, 2021 at 10am ( WAT), as we bring in experts to provide insights on this theme” Olurotimi added.

MSME Africa is a multi-faceted resource platform for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Africa providing capacity development, news, opportunities, business articles and other resources for MSMEs, entrepreneurs, and startups.

Olurotimi said the platform was poised to build the biggest network and community of MSMEs in Africa in the nearest future.

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Ericsson Launches Automation Hub in Nigeria




Ericsson announces plans to create an Automation Hub in Nigeria to support operators for improved consumer experience.

Ericsson Automation Hub is an open innovation platform, inspired by lean startup methodology in which the Ericsson team works in close dialog with customers, users and partners to showcase and reach the high potential that network automation allows in configuration, provisioning, assurance and orchestration of network services.

This will enable service providers to gain the ability in their environments to govern, manage and orchestrate hybrid networks holistically and in real time and as a result, offer an enhanced consumer experience.

Fields to be covered include but not limited to 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, Network Slicing and Orchestration, Hologram Calls, Complex Standalone, Business Support System (BSS) and Operations Support System (OSS), Cloud and Core product cases, Automated Acceptance Tests demonstration and enhancements as well as complex charging scenarios for 5G and 4G networks.

Lucky La Riccia, Vice President and Head of Digital Services at Ericsson Middle East and Africa at Ericsson says: “As Industry 4.0 accelerates in Africa, automation in operations is proven to boost customer experiences. Ericsson continues to support the telecom industry players in setting #AfricaInMotion, and with the Ericsson Automation Hub in Nigeria, we will focus on driving business outcomes for our partners in Africa as they aim to leverage digital transformation to turn complexities into opportunities while offering a greater experience and value to consumers.”

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Chevron To Invest In The Offshore Wind Sector




Chevron’s venture capital arm and Moreld Ocean Wind have agreed to invest in Ocergy Inc.’s development and commercialization of floating offshore wind turbines.

The investment by Chevron Technology Ventures is it’s first in offshore wind. The size of the investments wasn’t disclosed. Floating turbines would be useful in ocean areas that are too deep for fixed turbines.

A senior analyst at Wood Mackenzie Ltd, Anthony Logan said: “To my knowledge, this is the first investment by a U.S. oil major in offshore wind”

Logan said, floating wind turbines will become important as the U.S. electrical grid increasingly depends on offshore wind power.

“If you can get into those deeper waters, chances are you can build a system of offshore wind production that isn’t vulnerable to low wind or no-wind events.”

The investment will also fund the development of an environmental monitoring buoy that will gather data and support biodiversity, Ocergy said in a news release Tuesday. The company has previously invested in onshore wind. Moreld is owned by HitecVision, a private equity investor that specializes in European renewable energy.

Chevron’s deal with Ocergy doesn’t mark a strategic pivot to renewable energy, but part of a $300 million-a-year plan to invest in early-stage technologies that may play a future role in the energy transition. The company is unwilling to erode returns by investing aggressively in an unfamiliar business where it doesn’t have a competitive advantage and sees oil and gas as its core products for years to come.

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