The Board of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. has approved the appointment of Mr Victor Bandele, as the Deputy Managing Director in charge of the company’s Deepwater District with effect from Sept. 23.
Mr Charles Ebereonwu, Country Communications Manager, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos.
According to the statement, Bandele, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, takes over from Mr Ahmadu-Kida Musa, who has retired from the company after a successful 35-year career.
The statement said that prior to his current position, Bandele was the Executive Director in charge of the companys Port Harcourt/JV District, where he oversaw activities of three main technical divisions and two support entities within the district.
“Bandele joined the company as a Trainee Reservoir Engineer in 1993.
“He was involved in many subsurface field management and development activities onshore and offshore, including some non-operated assets of the company until 2004 when he became the Geosciences and Reservoir engineering (GSR) team leader for the offshore OML 99 Assets,” the statement read in part.
Bandele, according to the statement, is a quintessential professional who has held important positions in operations, projects and management within Nigeria and overseas.
These include serving as GSR Manager for Akpo Field which was the first Deepwater development project executed by Total in Nigeria.
“He was Executive General Manager, GSR and Assets management within the JV District and worked as Petroleum Architect in the Development Studies entity at Total’s headquarters in Paris.
“He returned to the Nigerian subsidiary as Executive General Manager, Special Duties, JV District in 2015, and was later appointed to the Board of Directors of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd., as Executive Director, JV District.
“During his tenure in this position, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd., made several landmark achievements.
“These include the completion of the OFON Phase 2 development, commencement of domestic gas supply through the Obite, Ubeta, Rumuji/Northern Option Pipeline() infrastructure, as well as the launch of the Ikike field development project,” it read.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Oluwole Sogunle
Mr Mike Sangster, Managing Director, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, on Wednesday said the International Oil Company (IOC) contributed $3.2 million (₦1.2 billion) in support of the Federal Government’s battle against COVID-19.
Sangster made the disclosure while speaking at the virtual August Technical Presentation of Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE).
The managing director, who was represented by Mr Olatunji Akinwunmi, General Manager, GSR (Deepwater), Total E&P, said Nigeria was crucial to the Total Group, accounting for around 10 per cent of its equity production.
” We are all aware of the raging COVID-19 pandemic which has held the world hostage for several months now.
“The adverse effect on lives and businesses, especially the oil and gas industry, cannot be overemphasised.
“Please permit me to touch on some of Total’s interventions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a socially responsible company, Total rose to the clarion call of the federal government along with its partners, led by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), by contributing to a donation of ₦21 billion in support of the federal government’s COVID-19 efforts.
“Total’s contribution was $3.2 million (₦1.2 billion), ” he said.
According to him, the company also supported the Lagos State Government and its Rivers counterpart with critical supplies and medical equipment.
Sangster disclosed that Total Nigeria Plc , which operates downstream, also donated ₦50 million as part of a combined contribution from the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), under the auspices of the NNPC.
He said :”Total has also invested approximately $10 billion in the country in recent years.
“The company makes an annual expenditure of over $40 million on Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria; with remarkable investments in capacity development, employability, health, education as well as infrastructure.
“Last year, we inaugurated more than 14 legacy projects including mammography centres and maternal child referral centres.
” As we speak, arrangements are in top gear for the inauguration and handing over of newly completed projects to benefitting communities across the length and breadth of the country. “
The Total boss expressed concern about the depletion of Nigeria’s oil and gas reserves without proportionate exploration activities to ensure long term sustainability and replenishment.
According to him, a combination of factors which include uncertain fiscal and regulatory regimes, policies that make new investments unattractive and uncompetitive, and low oil prices are easily to blame for this development.
“Total as a key stakeholder in the Nigerian oil and gas industry is prepared to work with the government, partners, and other stakeholders, to address these bottlenecks to new exploration investments, ” he said.
Also, Mr Alex Tarka, President, NAPE, said the association would continue to work with Total and other stakeholders to increase exploration activities in the country toward boosting its oil and gas reserves.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)