West Africa Offshore Upstream Conference 2023

December 5-6th, 2023  |  Abuja, Nigeria

Conference Agenda
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Registration and Morning Tea


Welcome & Chairperson's Opening Address


Johnny Chigbo, Business Development Manager - Africa, Mediterranean & Middle East, 



Dr. Oladunni Owo, National President,

Women in Energy, Oil and Gas (WEOG)

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


Host Country Opening Address:

Nigeria: Bidding Round Plan and Regulatory Support to Nigerian Offshore Exploration

● Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas development status quo

● Updates of New Mini Bid Round and future bidding plan

● Policy support and transparency for investment


Jennis Anyanwu,Assistant Director, Gas Utilization,  Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC)


Strategically Advantageous Position of West Africa: Firmly Achieve Monetization of Offshore Oil and Gas Resources Before 2050 for Rapid and Healthy Development

● The overall review of west Africa’s offshore oil and gas exploration during 2019~2023, what are the good news and what are the challenges?

● Importance of oil and gas discovery for West Africa’s national economy and industry development

● How to accelerate offshore upstream exploration and monetization before 2050?


H.E. Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, General Secretary, African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (APPO)


Networking Coffee Break and Exhibition


  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?

● Offshore oil and gas development rights in the window period before 2050 through the exploration and development policy and activities

● The harvests and challenges of joint project and other communications between countries 

● Based on the energy gap, what are the policy to promote the development of the offshore upstream projects?

● Exploration status and experience sharing

● How to achieve the goal of fundamentally changes the economic and industrial structure?



Jennis Anyanwu, Assistant Director, Gas Utilization, 

Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission ( NUPRC )



Temi (Temilola) George, Head, Energy Studies/ Data Unit, African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (APPO) 


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


Philip Atitebi,  Managing Director, ABL Group 


Ghana: Update on Investment Opportunities and Driving Plan for Upstream Exploration in Ghana


James Dwamena Yamoah, Department Director, Petroleum Upstream,

Ministry of Energy, Ghana

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).


Networking Luncheon

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


Regulatory Support for Investment in Liberia's Frontier Basins

● The economic take-off plan through offshore exploration

● Clearing the way for offshore oil and gas projects and what are the next steps?

● Experience and process sharing for new block award and further investment opportunities for unlocking potential assets

● Hot projects in discovery and developing process


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


The Offshore Oil and Gas Investment Development and Requirement for Training 


Dr Mrs Tina Isichei, Director,Research & Development ,The Petroleum Training Institute 

● Dr Tina Isichei is the Director of Research and Development at prestigious Petroleum Training Institute , Effurun Nigeria . She holds a B.Sc ,M.Sc in Industrial Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Environmental/ Analytical Chemistry all from the University of Benin. Nigeria.

● Dr. Tina Isichei is a prominent advocate of the circular economy, making significant strides in championing this approach within the oil and gas industry , her notable Ph.D. research on product development from Water hyacinth, an environmental menace in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region, exemplifies her dedication, passion and commitment to the circular economy

● She is an enthusiast and advocate on Chemical Safety and Security culminating in her winning a grant to organize a Workshop on Chemical Security Awareness/Rudimentary Threat Mitigation Training sponsored by the U.S State Department of Chemical Security Program (CSP) for Delta State.

● She is an Alumnus of the AIG-Foundation Public Leaders Program which is run in conjunction with the Blavatnik School of Government of the University of Oxford to build capacity and promote systems and frameworks to deepen public sector transparency and accountability across Africa.

● She recently led the team that hosted the International Conference on Hydrocarbon Science and Technology (ICHST 2023) which drew speakers , panelists and delegates in the oil and gas industry from across Africa.

● She has published papers in national and international journals, attended and presented papers in local and international conferences. She is also a reviewer for many international journals and a Fellow and Member of many professional bodies.

Session 3:Local Content Development for the Future Industrial Chain


Strengthening the Foundation for Quality Local Content Development Through In-country Manufacturing of Critical Oil and Gas Components


Cyprian Ojum,Deputy General Manager, Nigerian ContentTotalEnergies

● 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 in TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited (formerly Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited) as a Shipping Officer. 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. In recognition of these efforts:

   ▪ 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.


Represented by: 

Engr Taminotonye Bapakaye, In-Country Manufacturing Domestication Manager, PE Energy Ltd. Part of the Committee for In-Country Manufacturing Of Pumps, Valves, Flanges, Gaskets, Bolts & Nuts, Metering Equipment and Instrument Fittings


Networking Coffee Break and Exhibition


Driving and Enhancing Businesses Through Entrenching Innovation Based Culture and Technology


Engr. Betty Ugona,

Chief Executive Officer,ScaleVation Services Limited.

Pioneer Chief Innovation officer, Research Technology and Innovation, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Engr. Betty Ugona is a Top Management Executive with over 35years of experience in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry. She worked in Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as pioneer chief innovation offcier, research technology and innovation. And now she is the Chief Executive Officer of ScaleVation Services Limited, which offers strategic, unbiased and objective advisory services, to assist businesses in improving productivity and performance. She leads an agile and innovative team to create and apply development in itiative approaches, strategies, and solutions in solving local economic challenges.


  Local Content Panel Discussion:

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

● Encourage and value the international certification, for the world profound consideration

● Personnel training and coaching to reserve enough talent for the industrial chain

● Achievements and challenges for reconstruction united of government, international and local enterprise, universities and institutes

● How to acquire new technologies and grasp new trends for long-term objectives



Johnny Chigbo,Business Development Manager - Africa, Mediterranean & Middle East, TGS 



Dr Mrs Tina Isichei,Director , Research & Development,The Petroleum Training Institute 


Maureen Adibuah,Managing Director,  DHL Global Forwarding Nigeria


Eng Balami Issac,CEO, 7 Star Group


Peter Mokayi, Production Operation Engineer, NEWCROSS E&P 


Chairman’s Closing Remark and End of Day One Conference

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