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01/03/2022 News

TotalEnergies wins IOC of the year Award at SAIPEC 2022

TotalEnergies has emerged the winner of the International Oil Company of the year award at the 2022 sub-Saharan African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC).  The company was the only IOC operating in Nigeria to win an award at the Gala and Award night held at the Eko Hotel and Suites Lagos, on Wednesday February 23, 2022. Other independent firms and National Oil Companies (NOCs) across the continent also won awards in 10 categories that were awarded.

The company was recognized for its “continued investment in the oil and gas sector, whilst others look to divest, driving the EACOP project, Tilenga, driving Tanzania and now operating across more countries than any other IOC, realizing opportunities and investment.”

The award was presented by CEO Tsavo Oilfield Services and Non-Executive Board Member, Kenya Power Lighting Company, Eng. Elizabeth Rogo.

TotalEnergies’ strides in Nigerian content also came to the fore at a panel session discussing “Developing a World Class Local Content Structure- Showcasing Africa’s Local Content Progress, Challenges and Future Development Strategies- an IOCs/NOC/ Expert perspective.

The company was represented by the Executive General Manager C&P and Nigeria Content, Mr Alex Aghedo. Mr Aghedo highlighted the fact that long before Nigeria’s local content Act came into fruition the company was already emphasizing Nigeria Content in its projects which included three FPSOs and had continued to lead in that direction as was the case with Egina Nigeria content milestones. He noted that the company had developed capacity that was now visible across the continent. 

Other members of the panel were the Commercial Operations Manager, Ghana National Gas Company, Dr. Riverson Oppong; GM External Relations and Sustainable Development, Nigeria LNG, Mr. Andy Odeh; Director of E&P, Gambia National Petroleum Corporation, Ms. Cany Jobe; National Content Expert, Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) Uganda, Mrs. Jessica Kyeyune; General Manager, Nigeria Content Development, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Lanre Olawuyi; and General Manager – Ventures and Regulatory Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Olu Ogunmoyin.

TotalEnergies was similarly active at an incisive panel session titled “Live Q&A with women energy leaders,” held Thursday, February 24. The Executive General Manger, People and Talent Management, Mrs Evi Ifekwe shared experiences, initiatives to guide women as they grow in the industry. She also reflected on the impact of TWICE in the place of women in the company.

She urged women to do risk analysis of their environment; to be conscious of the environment, how colleagues operate and work accordingly in the workplace

“I think that we should always learn rather than moan and complain ‘they are against us.’ It’s a competition. So, we need to kit ourselves for that competition,” Ifekwe said as she encouraged women to have a good support system and demonstrate that they can do the work.

Other women in the panel were Head of Local Content, INP, Republic of Mozambique, Mrs Natalie Camba; National Content Expert, Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) Uganda, Mrs. Jessica Kyeyune; Chairperson NCDMB NCCF Diversity SWG, Mrs Alero Onosode; Director of E&P, Gambia National Petroleum Corporation, Ms. Cany Jobe; Exploration and Production Director, NAMCOR, Republic of Namibia, Ms Victoria Siberia. The session was moderated by CEO of Zigma Ltd, Mrs Funmi Ogbue.

Members of the TotalEnergies Women for Communication and Exchange (TWICE) attended the session in their numbers as they showed solidarity with Mrs Ifekwe.