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Seplat Energy to lead discussions on energy transition, gas development at 2023 Africa Oil Week



Seplat Energy PLC, a leading Nigerian independent energy company listed on both the Nigerian Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, will be leading discussions around energy transition, energy security and gas development in Africa at the 2023 edition of the Africa Oil Week (AOW) (www, at Cape Town, South Africa.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Roger Brown is confirmed to deliver a Keynote Address dubbed ‘How Seplat is Driving Sustainability Through Energy Transition and Security in Nigeria.’ Mr. Brown is also billed to speak on a panel session titled ‘Monetising Africa’s Gas in the Next Seven to Ten Years’.

Seplat Energy is a Titanium Sponsor of the event, and the event organised by Hyve Events, will be focusing on ‘Maximising Africa’s Natural Resources in the Global Energy Transition’.

The 2023 AOW, which will bring together stakeholders in the global energy industry, aims to chart the path for sustainable development In the quest to combat climate change and build a sustainable future for the planet, the global energy landscape is undergoing a profound transformation. The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources in response to the challenges of climate change and resource depletion is however uneven in its adoption. There are profound and fundamental differences between the capacity of the global north and that of the global south to effect a just energy transition that protects the economic stability and food security of its people.

The African continent which holds massive reserves of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, also has abundant renewable energy resources including solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy. The continent needs to leverage these resources to contribute to the decarbonisation of the planet at the same time as increasing energy security for itself.

In Africa, economic growth and development is inextricably connected to access to a reliable and affordable energy supply. Most of the world’s 800 million people who do not have that luxury live in the African continent. The just energy transition and provision of energy security in Africa cannot be determined by environmental objectives alone. Energy poverty perpetuates economic poverty and the Paris Accord goals need to be balanced against Africa’s own ability to ensure energy security that leads to economic prosperity.

Increased access to traditional forms of energy derived from fossil fuels will necessarily generate more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and this is naturally a concern for African countries who want to contribute to decarbonisation. But solutions to the imperative to scale up access to safer and more sustainable energy need to be politically expedient and transparent, economically viable, to include social goals including ending energy poverty and social marginalisation and to be sustainable.

As we prepare for a lower carbon world, we must balance those imperatives with climate resilient systems on a continent that is susceptible to adverse weather conditions such as floods and droughts that threaten food security.

The benefits for Africa of making a transition from fossil fuels to green energy sources are multiple.  Although many countries in Africa mine rich fossil fuel reserves, many others rely on imported fuel. This leaves them vulnerable to supply chain disruptions (for example due to port closures during the Covid-19 pandemic) as well as currency volatility. Localisation of energy supply and production is an opportunity to reduce the continent’s reliance on external and unpredictable sources.

Renewable energy sources including wind and sun are not as susceptible to fluctuating weather patterns as other supplies and are relatively constant. Transitioning to these alternative energy sources ultimately makes the continent more resilient to climate change.

Africa Oil Week (AOW) is the premium and most established forum for stimulating deals and transactions in the African upstream. For 29 years, it has united serious decision-makers across the entire oil and gas value chain to facilitate new business and joint-venture opportunities.


Falcon Corporation secures N19.41bn debt facility to build LPG plant, jetty



Falcon Corporation Limited has secured a N19.41 billion facility from the Chapel Hill Denham Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund (NIDF) for the development of a state-of-the-art 15,000 metric ton Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage facility and a dedicated jetty situated in Rumuolumeni, Saipem/Aker Base Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The company in a statement noted that the Project, which has reached an advance stage, is being carried out in two distinct phases, with the initial phase focusing on the construction of a 10,000 metric ton spherical tank (consisting of 2 tanks, each with a capacity of 5,000 metric tons), a dedicated jetty and other associated infrastructure, which is to be followed by the development of an additional 5,000 metric tons of storage at a later date.

According to the Managing Director of the Company, Prof. Joe Ezigbo, “At Falcon, we consider our investments in the Gas industry as a national service first. This is why over the past almost thirty years, we have continued to expand our footprints within the industry, despite the various challenges within the environment. Gas development is our contribution to nation building and we remain unrelenting in this regard.

“We positioned our LPG facility strategically in proximity to major Gas sources and navigable water routes. The Project is set to facilitate and enhance more direct procurement and distribution of LPG, which will dramatically lower conventional delivery and storage costs. Beyond economic gains, we anticipate significant social benefits including job creation, income growth, health improvements, and environmental sustainability as our customers and communities transition to cleaner fuel options on a larger scale.”

The Deputy Managing Director and Co-Founder of Falcon, Mrs. Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, emphasised that, “As a progressive company, deeply committed to the growth and advancement of Nigeria’s domestic Gas industry, we are expanding our investments across the Gas industry value chain, from our traditional role in the downstream sector, to our current midstream investments, and positioning for an intended upstream play.

“We are fully aligned with the nation’s aspirations to leverage gas for industrialization, and our primary energy transition fuel, with a strong focus on its use for power and cooking. LPG’s characteristics, such as portability, high energy value, low emissions, and reduced carbon footprint, make it an ideal choice for cooking and other industrial uses.

“The Project aims to ensure the availability of LPG and deepen its market penetration and adoption within the catchment areas, contributing to the mitigation of ecosystem damage and greenhouse emissions caused by use of other traditional fuels.”

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham, Mr. Bolaji Balogun, said, “Chapel Hill Denham is pleased to support the integrated LPG infrastructure in Rivers State as this will not only increase domestic LPG consumption but also help in achieving one of the critical sustainable development goals aimed at reducing carbon emissions, air pollution, and habitat loss resulting from the use of firewood for cooking by more than 30 million households.

“The Project is also in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s objective of increasing the adoption of LPG as auto fuel and a replacement of diesel for power generation.”

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ExxonMobil to increase cash flow by $14bn from 2023 to 2027



Multinational oil and gas corporation, ExxonMobil says it plans to increase cash flow by $14 billion/ from 2023 to 2027.

The company stated this in a corporate plan update released on Wednesday, December 6./ This growth will be facilitated by the ongoing efforts to reduce operational costs and enhance the company’s business mix.

ExxonMobil also said that it/ aims to optimise its business mix by expanding production from low-cost assets while increasing the sales of high-value products like performance chemicals, low-emission fuels, and advanced lubricants.

This strategy aligns with their commitment to providing energy globally while simultaneously developing solutions to reduce emissions in challenging sectors of the economy.

The company foresees a significant increase in upstream (oil and gas production) earnings by 2027 compared to 2019. This growth will stem from investments in profitable projects that have a low cost of supply.  Around 90 percent of their planned capital investments in new oil and gas production over the next five years are anticipated to yield returns of more than 10 percent at a Brent price of $35 per barrel.

ExxonMobil also said in its statement that it intends to achieve an additional $6 billion in structural cost reductions by the end of 2027, bringing the total savings to about $15 billion compared to 2019.

They plan to achieve this by streamlining various operational aspects such as maintenance, supply chain, financial reporting, and trading, among others.

In October 2023, the International Energy Agency (IEA) highlighted in its 2023 World Energy Investment report that major oil, gas, and coal companies are projected to boost investments in unabated fossil fuel supply by over 6% in 2023, totalling approximately $950 billion.

In September 2023, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with a delegation of ExxonMobil and tried to woo the energy giant to invest in Nigeria’s oil and gas business, stating that the country is now ready for business under his leadership./

Meanwhile, ExxonMobil’s President of Global Upstream Operations, Liam Mallon, conveyed his recognition of President Tinubu’s steadfast dedication to Nigeria’s interests. He assured a notable surge in production, committing to delivering almost 40,000 barrels per day (bpd) as part of an upcoming investment phase in Nigeria.

Addressing President Tinubu, Mallon highlighted the production growth and emphasised their dedicated work on expanding deepwater production.

Expressing gratitude for Tinubu’s leadership, Mallon pledged reciprocal efforts, emphasizing the opportune moment for progress.

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NCDMB tasks oil companies to innovatively utilize HCD fund to develop human capital



The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has tasked operators in the oil and gas industry to innovatively utilize the Human Capital Development Fund setup by the Nigeria oil and gas industry content development act (NOGICD) in developing human capital in the country.

Speaking at the 12th Practical Nigerian Content Forum holding in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr.Simbi Wabote acknowledged that Nigeria’s human capital index still remains abysmally low.

According to him, “Most of the divestments to the IPPG companies were done by the IOCs and when the IOCs divested, they divested the human capital and this people are aging.”

“Somewhere along the line this people will fade away. The idea behind the fund is thus for companies to devise a strategy to deploy the fund to build capacity. That is why the NCDMB collaborated with the PTDF to develop a facility in Port-Harcourt. We went to to the IPPG to use whatever HCD fund they have to develop the centre.”

“When you want to employ the young ones you say they don’t have expeirence, how will they gain the experience? Using that fund, NCDMB does not touch it but it is for you to build the capacity of Nigeroans to manage the business you have inherited from the IOCs. It is for the indigenous companies to use the funds to feed the industry with human capacity.”

The NCDMB ES also board that the board has also committed to developing the capacity of its workforce.

“As we carry out various intervention across the industry, we also ensure that our staffs are not left behind as we continue to develop the capacity and capability of our staff via training and exposure and assignment to job roles that bring out commensurate talents.” Wabote said.

“On Human Capacity Development, we identified existing technical/vocational or craft centers and carried out intervention programs to strengthen the institutions such as Government Technical College in Abak, Akwa Ibom State, GTC Port Harcourt, GTC Amoli, University of Ibadan, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University, University of Lagos, Nigerian Maritime University, and many others.”

“The HCD programs has enabled training and provision of sea-time exposure to marine cadets, underwater divers, boat builders, NDT Level-3 certified engineers.” He explained further.

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