West Africa Offshore Upstream Conference 2023

December 5-6th, 2023  |  Abuja, Nigeria

West Africa Offshore Upstream
Conference 2023

December 5-6th, 2023 | Abuja, Nigeria

Driving Exploration of Offshore Hydrocarbons for Regional Development
and Focusing on Sustainable Economic Development in Future

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Conference Introduction

In the post-pandemic era, the rising oil prices, the discoveries of significant offshore oil and gas fields of West Africa region, and aims of accelerating monetization of regional hydrocarbon by 2050 have driven demand for active offshore upstream exploration in West Africa.

From end of 2022 and beginning of 2023, Nigeria and Sierra Leone held new round of offshore bidding separately, Ghana is planning for new deep offshore bidding now. During 2019 to 2022, the West African countries such as Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Liberia, Gambia, either launched bidding round or opened for direct negotiation for untapped blocks. Meanwhile, projects in several West African countries are heading for FID in 2023, and others are under steady development. Offshore upstream market in West Africa represents a huge opportunity now. What is status of different projects in West Africa countries? What challenges and concerns of the government, NOCs and IOCs are facing now and how could involve in the projects?

The West Africa Offshore Upstream Conference 2023 is committed to gathering the most related players for the hottest topics and projects, and to building a comprehensive platform for information sharing, highly-level communication, and best practices showcasing.

Supporting Organizations
Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB)
Agenda At A Glance
Day ONE - Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Session 1 Overall Situation West African Offshore Exploration Strategy and Bidding Round

Regional Overall Panel Discussion: How to Strengthen West Africa's Regional Collective Advantage in the Oil and Gas Sector to be the Big Hydrocarbon Region?

Session 2 Well-managed Financing and Regulatory Practices to Support Investment for Exploration Project Landing

Investment Panel Discussion: What’re the Main Challenges for West Africa’s Offshore Project Financing and How to Solve Effectively?

Session 3 Local Content Development for the Future Industrial Chain

Local Content Panel Discussion: International Certification and Local Talent Cultivation: Building a Systematic Industrial Chain from the Perspective of the Future

Day TWO - Wednesday, December 6th, 2023

Session 4 Active Projects Update – Opportunities in West Africa Offshore Upstream Market

Project Panel Discussion: Discover and Build Offshore Oil and Gas Projects in West Africa to Drive Regional Development and Influence

Session 5 The Innovative Technology to Achieve Offshore Exploration and Construction with Reduced Cost and Improved Efficiency

Panel Discussion: The Characteristics of Offshore Reservoir in West Africa and What are the High Effective Technologies Been Used?

Inviting and Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Kelechi O. Ofoegbu

Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC)
Executive Commissioner, Economic Regulation & Strategic Planning

22 years oil & gas industry experience in legal and regulatory affairs, oil & gas policy, litigation and dispute resolution, contract engineering & management, supply chain management and strategy, commercial negotiations, planning and performance management, category management and contracting process:

*  Strong legal background – multiple degrees in Law and significant business regulatory and commercial experience.

*  Well-rounded supply chain management, contracting, planning, strategy and tender evaluation skills - Contributed as Supply Chain Management expert to development of several contract strategies; provided commercial leadership in multiple roles.

*  Strong commercial savvy; successfully developed commercial strategies and led negotiations worth millions of dollars, saving millions of dollars cumulatively from this process.

*  Experienced contracts manager, contracts specialist, coach and leader in category and transaction management, pre and post award contract management and assurance.

*  Global footprint of work experience in Europe, Middle East, North America and Africa.

*  Speaker at international and local Supply Chain Management Conferences and Workshops.

H.E. Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim

African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO)
General Secretary

Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim holds a Doctorate degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey,
USA, 1988.
He is the Secretary General of APPO, a position he assumed in January 2020. He is also
the World Energy Council Vice Chair for Africa.
Until then, Dr. Ibrahim was Adviser on International Energy Relations to four successive
Petroleum Ministers of Nigeria. He was OPEC Governor between 2015 and 2020, and
Executive Board Member at the GECF.
Dr. Ibrahim was Head of the PR and Information Department at the OPEC Secretariat
He also held the position of Managing Director of the Nigerian Federal Government Owned
Newspaper, The New Nigerian (1999-2003)

Abdulmalik Halilu

Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB)
General Manager, Research & Statistics

Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu is currently the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of NCDMB, where he is responsible for corporate planning, maintaining the repository of statistical data on local content indicators through the Nigerian Oil and Gas Joint Qualification System, in addition to managing the Research & Development mandate of the Board. He is also responsible for the development of policies and guidelines for the effective implementation of the NOGICD Act, coordinate activities of the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum, Expatriate Quota administration and the operationalization of the E -Market place.

A policy development expert, he holds a Master Degree in Development Studies and has multi-disciplinary experience in oil and gas, development banking, utilities, agriculture, manufacturing, renewable energy, supply chain management, project management etc. He is a Fellow of Nigerian Institute of management (chartered), a certified project management professional and a member of Kaduna Golf club.

James Dwamena Yamoah

Ministry of Energy, Ghana
Department Director, Petroleum Upstream

Mr. James Yamoah is the Director, Petroleum Upstream at Ghana’s Ministry of Energy. Prior to joining the Ministry of Energy, James had held several executive and management positions at the National Oil Company; the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) including Chief Operating Officer, General Manager Technical and General manager HSSE. He currently oversees Ghana's upstream operations, which comprise pre-licensing, licensing, exploration and appraisal, field development and production, disposal, and decommissioning.

James is a geoscientist who received a US government grant in 2010 to train as an Emerging Leader in the Environment and Extraction Program at Duquesne University.

He holds a Geology degree from the University of Ghana and a Master's degree in petroleum geoscience from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. He also has a Master of Finance and Strategy degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and a graduate of PETRAD’s programme in “Petroleum Policy and Resource Management” in Stavanger, Norway.

James has over 17 years of experience in the Ghanaian oil and gas industry. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA), a member of SEG and AAPG, and a council member of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG).

Cyprian Ojum

Deputy General Manager, Nigerian Content

Born on June 16, 1970, Mr. Cyprian Mgbechi Ojum hails from Ogbogu in the Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Educational Management & Planning from the University of Port Harcourt, a Master's degree in Educational Management from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, and a Master of Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

Mr. Ojum began his career on November 1, 1995, in the Contracts and Procurement Division of TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited (formerly Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited) as a Shipping Officer. In 2005, Mr. Ojum was assigned to Paris, France, as a Contracts Engineer for the OFON II Project, where he spent three years contributing to the FEED and Basic Engineering phases of the project.

On August 1, 2019, Mr. Ojum was appointed Deputy General Manager of Nigerian Content for Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, and placed Mr. Ojum at the forefront of Nigerian Content matters for TotalEnergies in Nigeria. He leads the Nigerian Content teams managing both TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited (TEPNG), also known as the JV Asset, and TotalEnergies Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI), known as the Deepwater Asset.

Mr. Ojum is highly active in Nigerian Content issues and has served on various committees and facilitated numerous Nigerian Content conferences across the country. In recognition of these efforts, Mr. Ojum has been appointed to strategic assignments.

▪ On July 7, 2022, the Nigerian Content Board appointed Mr. Ojum as Chairman for the Industry-Wide Committee on In-Country Manufacturing of Pumps, Valves, Flanges, Gaskets, Bolts and Nuts, Metering Equipment, and Instrument Fittings.

▪ On February 15, 2023, Mr. Ojum was appointed Chairman of the Nigerian Content Subcommittee for the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

▪ Additionally, Mr. Ojum was unanimously elected as the 2nd Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Management of Nigeria on December 16, 2022.

Sebastião Pai Querido Gaspar Martins

Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola, E.P. (Sonangol)
President and CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors

lyke Nnoaham

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company(SNEPCo)
Portfolio Business Opportunity Manager (Representative of MD)

Eyas Alhomouz

PetroNor E&P Ltd, (Formerly African Petroleum Corp)

Mr. Alhomouz has a strong experience from the oil and gas sector covering the US, North Africa, and the GCC. He began his career with Schlumberger Oilfield Service as a wireline engineer in Midland, Texas. From there he went on to work for Cromwell Energy in Denver, Colorado, in the role of international business development manager. Then, as a COO and Financial Director of Prism Seismic, he oversaw the growth of the Colorado based consulting and oil and gas software development firm and later the acquisition of the company by Sigma Cubed where, post-acquisition of Prism Seismic, he went on to serve as a director of business development, Middle East. Mr. Alhomouz’s career then took him to Qatar as a General Manager of Jaidah Energy, an Omani-Qatari owned company servicing the oil and gas sector in Qatar. Mr. Alhomouz graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT with a degree in Chemical Engineering and from the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, CO with a master’s degree in Mineral and Energy Economics.

Ayanda Dlodlo

World Bank
Executive Director: EDS25, Angola, Nigeria, South Africa

Jason Robinson

Director of Business Development – Africa, Mediterranean & Middle East

Jason Robinson

Director of Business Development – Africa, Mediterranean & Middle East

Rufus Tarnue

Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority (LPRA)
Deputy Director General & Head of Technical Services

Rufus Tarnue joined the Department of Energy, Ministry of Lands, Mines, & Energy in 1984 and worked in the Department till 1990 when he left the country to seek refuge in the Republic of Ghana where he worked with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) as a geologist.

He returned to Liberia after working for ten years with the GNPC. Upon his return to the country, he worked with several companies in hard rock exploration (gold & diamond) including Freedom Gold Ltd. and Liberty Gold Exploration Company. In 2004,Mr Tarnue returned to the Department of Energy this time to serve as Energy Project Coordinator. During the period he worked on several energy projects including the formulation of the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency and the National Energy Policy, amongst others. He has acquired vast experience coordinating various energy projects during this period of energy sector reform He also had a part time lecturer assignment at the Department of Geology, University of Liberia.

In February 2011,Mr Tarnue joined the National Oil Company of Liberia(NOCAL) as Vice President for Technical Services. He now serves as Deputy Director-General for Technical Services at the newly created Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority (LPRA).

Vassily Oye Barberopoulos

MAN Local Content Group, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

Nigerian, born in 1962 in Lagos, Nigeria.

•    BA Econ, Rollins College, Florida, USA,
•    MSc International Management, ASU, Arizona, USA.  
•    1985-86 Industrial Applications Ltd.
•    1988 to date, part owner, CEO of Nigerian Foundries Ltd (1969)  
•    2015 co-founded Kaldi Africa Ltd, Nigeria’s premier Coffee Roastery.
•    2010 - Chairman of MAN Local Content Group.
•    2014 - Chairman of Manufacturers/Materials stakeholders on NCCF.
•    Dec 2015- Member on the Nigerian Power Sector Local Content Forum under NERC.
•    Director of Nexportrade Ltd, promoting intra-African trade.
•    Nov 2016- MAN Governing Council
•    May 2016- 2021 President of Ikeja Saddle Club.
•    Oct 2017 Member of TWC of Federal Government LC on Public procurement.

Jerreh Barrow

Petroleum Commission, Gambia
Director General


Mr. Barrow obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from University of Ghana, Legon in 2004 and a Master's Degree in Applied Geophysics from Chiang Mai University, Thailand in 2008.


From 2008 to 2015 Mr. Barrow has held numerous positions at the Geological Department of The Gambia, with the last being the Deputy Director.


From 2015 to 2021 Mr. Barrow has been the Commissioner for Petroleum under the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. As Commissioner for Petroleum, he heads the unit responsible for the regulation of the Petroleum Sector. In this capacity, he has been deeply involved in promoting The Gambia’s Oil potentials through instituting systems for data management, licensing and licence management and sector policy development.


Since 2021, he has been appointed the Director General of the Petroleum Commission, an autonomous regulatory body for upstream and midstream.

Timothy Kudar Jarry

National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL)
Director, Exploration & Data Management, Technical Services Division

Mr. Jarry comes from a background in chemistry and mathematics and some experience in down-stream petroleum operations with an emphasis in product testing and analysis. The years of experience as a chemist with the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company earned me the opportunity to work with a number of professional groups including Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) International and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Liberia to design Liberia’s new Petroleum Products Standards/Specifications that is presently used in the country.

Mr. Jarry’s incessant quest for more challenges in the Petroleum Industry led me to pursue knowledge in the up-stream sector of the industry where I’ve worked since 2013. As a Petroleum Engineer, he’s gained experience in a number of disciplines as he worked with a great team of Geologists, Petrophysicists, and other geoscience professionals.

He has worked on a number of significant projects in the up-stream sector (with a focus in petroleum geochemistry) to develop my skills and gain the requisite experience for more challenges ahead. Other projects were in the following areas:

- Well drilling and geochemical evaluation (Timbo-1 & Iroko-1 offshore Liberia among others)

- Developing plans to drill oil exploratory wells

- 2D/3D seismic interpretation

Mr. Jarry enjoys his work as an engineer and have a great relationship with my team of engineers and geologists. It’s also exciting to work with IOCs and other partners in the industry.

Maureen Adibuah

DHL Global Forwarding Nigeria
Managing Director

Maureen Adibuah is the Country Manager, DHL Global forwarding Nigeria. With over 20 years’ industry experience across Management, Operations and Commercial across Middle East and Africa.

She is a Lawyer and a consummate Sales professional, a Management executive professional with demonstrated achievements in Supply Chain Management, business development and project management with special interest in Oil and Energy Sector.

Wofai Samuel

Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce
Acting Director-General

Profiled on Forbes Africa as ''Shaping the Future of the Continent", Wofai Samuel is a results-oriented Communications Professional, with proven; people, projects and media relations' skills of over 10 years, gained in multiple senior positions of private sector service globally.
Currently the Director of Communication & External Affairs to UK-Liberia Chamber of Commerce in London, a part of British Chambers of Commerce Global Business Network, where She interfaces with the Government, Key stakeholders and the Media to develop and implement a planned, consistent and integrated approach to the Chamber's media communications brand representation and advocacy strategy, Samuel equally serves as Editor, Africa Energy and Infrastructure Publication (UK).
Previously, she served Sarepta Petroleum Resources Group, as Head of Communication and Public Affairs and Foreign Investment Network, a Petroleum consulting firm based in UK as Head of Oil & Gas Communications, where She worked with teams, brokering agreements, initiating dialogues and implementing compelling narratives which have served as policy directions for the Continent of Africa.

Segun Owolabi

First E&P Company
GM Development

Segun is the GM Exploration & Development at FIRST E&P Nigeria, he is a seasoned upstream  oil and gas Business leader and a competent E&P professional with over 31 years’ experience  covering both onshore and offshore areas including deep water. Segun has had several roles  in both Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Ltd and Shell Nigeria Exploration and  Production Company Ltd including Asset Lead, Development Delivery Manager, Front-End  Development Manager, Business Opportunity Manager for Deepwater and Shallow water  assets. Segun is skilled in asset maturation in diverse technical environments, managing  operation performance, setting up improvement plans to achieve top quartile results and  building a strong partnership with stakeholders.

Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH), Equatorial Guinea
Gambia National Petroleum Agency
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Société des pétroles du Sénégal (Petrosen) of Senegal
Director, Southern Africa Strategic Business Unit
Société Nationale d'Opérations Pétrolières de la Côte d'Ivoire (PetroCi)
Director of the Analytis and Research Center
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By Segment

•  Government / Regulator

•  Operator / Investor

•  Association & Media / University & Institute

•  Geophysical Survey

•  Designer / Shipyard/Fabricator

•  Drilling Contractor / Drilling Equipment & Service

•  EPCI / Engineering

•  Floating Production Equipment & Service / Single Mooring System / FPSO Owner

•  Oilfield Service / Chemicals / Materials

•  Control System / Heavy lifting /Logistics/ Transportation / Installation

•  Jack-up lifting System / OSV Owner / OSV Equipment & Services / Professional Services

•  Others

By Department

•  Oil & Gas

•  Offshore / Upstream

•  Maritime / Marine / Subsea / Deepwater

•  Management / Strategy 

•  Operation / Project / Planning 

•  Business / Commercial / Product / Sales / Marketing

•  Technical / Engineering

By Seniority

•  C – Level 20%

•  SVP - VP 21%

•  Director / Head / Country Manager 29%

•  Manager 20%

•  Senior Expert 10%

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