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Oil Magnate Jim Okolo Bags Nelson Mandela Leadership Award 

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The Chief Executive Officer of Jimez Petroleum Resources, Chief Hon. Jim Chimezie Okolo has bagged the prestigious 2021 Nelson Mandela Leadership Award.  Organizers of the ceremony, Trans-African Youth Initiative in Accra, Ghana said Hon. Okolo who was described as a patriotic African bagged the award because of his immense contribution to nation-building, educational empowerment, selfless service to humanity, and youth empowerment in Africa.

Presenting the award, founder of the Initiative,  Amb. Bakare Luqman described Hon. Jim Okolo is a golden fish with no hidden habitat stating that his delectable and impeccable records, visionary leadership, and characteristics are rarely found amidst other men and lovers of youth in Africa.  According to him, Hon. Okolo has displayed a rare commitment to the cause of humanity in the areas of security of lives and property, educational development and empowerment, nation-building, youth emancipation among other human capital development.

Luqman said Okolo’s philanthropic and indelible contributions towards the transformation of good governance in all ramifications are in line with the vision of President Buhari’s vision of transforming and repositioning Nigeria.

Responding, Hon. Okolo dedicated the award to God, his family, and Nigerians for their trust and support.

The award came on the heels of another honorary doctorate degree conferred on him by the Freedom University and Theological Seminary, Pottstowm PA, USA. Hon. Okolo who holds the traditional title of Ezeugo 1 of Okwe Kingdom, Nike  Autonomous  Community was awarded the degree at a colorful ceremony attended by high caliber individuals who showed up to be identified with Chief Okolo.

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NNPC, First E&P Achieve 20,000bpd Production At OML 85

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NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) and its joint venture partner in OML 85, First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited (First E&P), have begun producing oil from the asset known as Madu Field.

 

The field, located in shallow waters offshore Bayelsa State and operated by First E&P, is expected to produce an average of 20,000 barrels per day.

 

The achievement demonstrates the President Bola Tinubu administration’s commitment to optimising production from the country’s oil and gas assets by creating an enabling environment for existing and prospective investors.

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Speaking about the development, NNPC Ltd’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mele Kyari, described the start of oil production at the Madu Field as a significant milestone that will contribute to the larger goal of meeting the production required to drive revenue growth and boost the country’s economy.

 

Kyari praised stakeholders for their support and explained that the addition of 20,000 barrels per day by an indigenous oil player demonstrates stakeholders’ commitment to Nigeria’s economic development.

 

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The NNPC Ltd/First E&P JV made the Final Investment Decision (FID) on the development of the Madu Field and its sister field, Anyala, in 2018.

 

The Madu Field’s production will be processed at the JV’s Abigail-Joseph Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Unit, which can store up to 800,000 barrels of crude oil.

 

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Nigerian Government Plans to Restore Crude Production to 1.7 Million Barrels Per Day

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The Nigerian Government has stated that efforts are underway to restore Nigeria’s oil production, including condensate, to 1.7 million barrels per day.

Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), assured in response to recent concerns about a shortfall in Nigerian oil production in the first quarter of 2024.

According to a statement from Nneamaka Okafor, Special Assistant, Media and Communications, to the Minister, Sen. Lokpobiri, measures are being taken to address the situation and not only restore but also increase production.

The minister clarifies that the reported production shortfall was primarily caused by issues encountered on the Trans Niger Pipeline, as well as maintenance activities carried out by some Nigerian oil companies.

The Minister is also pleased to announce that the issues have been adequately addressed, and that production is expected to resume at previous levels in the coming days.

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He expects Nigeria’s oil production, including condensate, to be restored soon, having been around 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd) before these developments.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources is actively involved in policy development aimed at maximising the utilisation of all available wells in Nigeria.

This strategic approach will allow the country to increase production, generating vital revenue to maintain the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

Increased revenue will also allow the government to meet its commitments to provide essential infrastructure, as outlined in the 2024 budget.

The Minister also expresses renewed optimism as Nigeria navigates these challenges, urging everyone to remain committed to ensuring the long-term viability and growth of Nigeria’s oil sector, which is critical to the country’s economy.

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Petroleum Engineers Call For Collaborative Efforts To Address Nigeria’s Energy Sector Challenges

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Oil Minister, Lokpobiri

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigerian Council has called for collaborative efforts to address the challenges and opportunities facing Nigeria’s energy sector.

Salahuddin Tahir, Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigerian Council, gave an inspiring speech at the Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum (OLEF) opening ceremony in 2024.

He emphasised the importance of working together to address Nigeria’s energy sector challenges, as well as the role of the Oloibiri Lecture and Energy Forum (OLEF) Series as a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and progress in the industry.

“This year’s forum focuses on the theme of Stability in the Nigerian Energy Sector: Integrated Strategies for Infrastructure, Transportation, and Security, emphasising the importance of collaborative efforts to address challenges and capitalise on opportunities in Nigeria’s dynamic energy landscape,” said Salahuddin Tahir, Chairman of the SPE Nigerian Council.

“The stability of the energy sector is critical to sustaining economic growth, ensuring national security, and promoting environmental sustainability,” Tahir stated.

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Mr Tahir also used the occasion to express the SPE Nigerian Council’s support for the country’s bid to host the African Energy Bank’s headquarters, citing Nigeria’s potential and leadership in the energy sector.

In his keynote speech, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Limited, emphasised the critical importance of closing the energy access gap to create economic prosperity in the country. To address Nigeria’s energy access gap, Kyari stated that NNPC Ltd was developing the infrastructure required to deliver oil and gas and drive prosperity for Nigerians.

“We are committed to developing gas infrastructure across the country,” Kyari said, emphasising that the company’s commitment was more than just a statutory requirement under the Petroleum Industry Act, but also a pledge to ensure energy security beyond fuel supply.

“We are committed to investing in critical infrastructure to boost economic growth by supplying gas to the domestic market, with a target of at least 8 billion cubic metres,” Kyari said.

In his address, Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), represented by Engr. Busari Kamoru stated that the federal government has identified transport, infrastructure, and security as key priority areas in addressing the sector’s energy deficit, as these will bring about stability, growth, and the sustenance of a better energy sector.

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“Nigeria has the potential to transition to a more sustainable energy future by improving key infrastructure, transportation, and security, as well as embracing research and innovation in renewable energy and fostering collaboration among various stakeholders,” Lokpobiri stated.

In his State of the Industry address, Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), represented by Mrs. Oluremi Komolafe, stated that the shift to gas is not only an option but also a necessity for Nigeria’s economic resilience.

“Our enormous gas resources provide a unique opportunity to diversify our revenue streams and reduce reliance on oil, resulting in a more robust and sustainable economic foundation,” Ekpo stated.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council is a non-profit professional organisation that promotes the petroleum engineering profession and disseminates technical knowledge in the oil and gas industry. The Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum (SPE OLEF) commemorates the first commercial oil discovery in Nigeria by Shell D’Arcy in 1956 at Oloibiri, Bayelsa State.

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