Our History

Business operations commenced on the 1st of July 2012 with 12 employees. 

Our Journey So Far

FIRST E&P was founded in 2011 and since then, we have achieved critical milestones through our journey that we are immensely proud of:

  • Business operations commenced on the 1st of July with 12 employees.
  • We acquired a 10% shareholding interest in ND Western Limited (equivalent to 4.5% of the working interest in OML 34).
  • A strategic partnership with Dangote Group resulted in the formation of the West African Exploration and Production Company Limited (WAEP) and the evolution of the East West Oil and Gas Gathering System  Project.
  • We emerged as the winning bidder for Chevron’s 40% working interest in OML 83 and OML 85.
  • VITOL Group acquired a 10% shareholding interest in FIRST E&P.
  • FIRST E&P’s affiliate, WAEP emerged as the winning bidder for the SPDC/TEPNG/NAOC JV’s 45% working interest in OML 71 and OML 72.
  • DANGOTE Group and FIRST E&P obtained the Federal Government of Nigeria’s permission (Permit to Survey) to launch the EWOGGS Project.
  • We concluded the acquisition of OML 83 and OML 85 and were assigned the operatorship of the 'OML 83 and OML 85 NNPC-FIRST E&P Joint Venture'. FIRST E&P’s affiliate (WAEP) completed the acquisition of OML 71 and OML 72 and was assigned the operatorship of the 'OML 71 and OML 72 NNPC-WAEP Joint Venture'.
  • FIRST E&P in partnership with Dangote Industries acquired Twister B.V., a gas processing technology-driven company which delivers high yield and robust solutions in natural gas processing with zero emissions.
  • FIRST E&P secured financing for the development of the Anyala and Madu Fields in OML 83 and OML 85.
  • FIRST E&P and its affiliate, WAEP respectively, progressed the development plan for OML 83 and OML 85 and re-entry plan for OML 71 and OML 72.
  • Recognition by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources as the 'Most Compliant Nigeria Content Oil Company'.
  • Full field seismic data was acquired over OMLs 83 and 85.
  • The NNPC/FIRST E&P Joint Venture took Final Investment Decision (FID) for the development of the Anyala and Madu fields in OMLs 83 and 85.
  • FIRST E&P was declared the successful Bidder for Block GH WB 02 License in the Republic of Ghana
  • First Oil in Anyala was achieved on 21st October 2020.
  • On the 11th of November 2020, our executive team led by the Managing Director, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, presented a mini model of the Abigail-Joseph Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit to the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (‘NNPC’), Mr. Mele Kyari.
  • The FPSO Abigail-Joseph, which is anchored at the Anyala West Field within OML 83 commenced offloading and export of oil from the Anyala West Field.
  • NNPC/FIRST E&P JV undertook its first oil export on 10 January 2021
  • 15th January 2022: achieved four million man hours with no LTI (Lost Time Incident) milestone
  • 1st November 2022: Sustained safety record with delivery of 5 million man hours with no LTI
  • September 2023: Attained over 6.7 million manhours with no LTI
  • Over 35 million barrels produced and exported
  • Crossed 50th Export Cargo from Abigail-Joseph FPSO and Anyala-Madu Terminal
  • Became the first company to secure PIA approval (with partners and regulator)
  • NNPC/FIRST E&P OML83 & 85 JV Inaugurates KEFFESO Host Communities Development Trust

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Juliet Ehimuan

Non-Executive Director

Juliet Ehimuan is Director of Google in West Africa. She was named by Forbes as one of the top 20 power women in Africa, by the London Business School as one of 30 people changing the world; and featured in the BBC Africa Power Women series, and on CNN Innovate Africa.

With over 25 years experience primarily in Technology, Oil & Gas, and New Media industries across Europe, Middle East and Africa; Juliet is a leading voice on Innovation, Transformation, and Leadership. She has received numerous awards for outstanding contribution to the digital landscape in Africa. Under her leadership, the Google team has made a significant impact on local content development, infrastructure deployment, and digital capacity building.

Juliet has degrees from the London Business School, University of Cambridge; and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She was awarded IT Personality of the Year in 2012 by the Nigeria Computer Society, Digital Personality of the year 2016 by Marketing World; and received a 2015 Titans of Technology award from TechnologyAfrica.

She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and recently published 30 Days of
Excellence, a leadership and effectiveness guide.

Daniella Obiesie-Uijlenhoed

Non-Executive Director

Daniella Obiesie-Uijlenhoed is currently a Director & Partner in Danicees FZ, an oil & gas servicing company based in Nigeria & the UAE. She is also on the Board of Directors of FIRST Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited, an upstream oil & gas producing company in Nigeria.

Born in Nigeria, Daniella has a Master’s degree in Business Administration & a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Calabar. She obtained her first degree is from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

Daniella started work with the banking industry in 1997. Her work experience includes positions in Federal Mortgage Finance, New Nigeria Bank & Zenith Bank PLC which she left at mid-management level to join Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company in 2005 as a stakeholder management liaison between SNEPCo and NNPC/NAPIMS on the Bonga South-West project.

She would later move to the Contracting team as Head, Office Services, managing the processing & subsequent approvals through the various team lines for all SNEPCo office contracts in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, & Warri.

In 2009, Daniella took a hiatus from Shell Nigeria and worked with Oman Oryx Construction Company, UAE as the Head Corporate Services, responsible for handling all permits and stakeholder management engagements between the company and the Ministry of Energy & Minerals in Oman.

Daniella returned to Shell Nigeria in 2012, working within the strategy & portfolio team for SNEPCo office & governance policies Nigeria, until her voluntary exit from the company in 2015 to join her husband at Danicees and focus on her family.

Daniella is passionate about the formal & non-formal development of young people in Nigeria. She has been a Trustee and Director on the Board of the Duke of Edinburgh award for young people in Nigeria since 2018. The parent organization for the award was founded in 1956 in England by the late Prince Philip the 1st Duke of Edinburgh.

Daniella views external relationships as key enabler to corporate success and is a team player dedicated to personal delivery and organizational goals. She is a hands-on, high-energy individual who uses her unique interpersonal skills to generate value for organizations and their stakeholders, balancing the strategic agenda with the requirements for optimal delivery.