Hearty Cheers as the Madu CSP Loads Out!


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Thursday August 18th, 2022 will be remembered as a momentous day in the history of the NNPC/FIRST E&P JV as at about 10:00am on that day, the JV successfully loaded-out our Madu Conductor Supported Platform (CSP) from the Nigerian Naval Dockyard in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Madu CSP was fabricated in Nigeria by Dorman Long Engineering Ltd, building on design by a highly skilled team of FIRST E&P Engineers. The load out was a significant milestone and a rewarding culmination of work on the project which commenced about two years ago.

A critical component for the JV’s production efforts, the Madu CSP features the same unique, innovative design employed in our Anyala CSP, in which drilling conductors support the topside structure of the minimum facilities platform whilst also serving as a conduit for well construction. The platform was delivered to world class health, safety and environmental standards and will be mostly unmanned with production operations primarily automated.

The load-out ceremony was attended by senior executives and representatives from NAPIMS, FIRST E&P, Dorman Long Engineering Ltd, The Nigerian Navy, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), PETAN, other industry stakeholders and members of the press.

Remarking on the successful completion of the Madu CSP and it’s load-out, the Managing Director of FIRST E&P said, “The local fabrication of the Madu Conductor Supported Platform (CSP) by Dorman Long is a testament to NNPC/FIRST E&Ps OML 83/85 JV’s belief in and commitment to the development of Nigerian Content and local capabilities. About 250 Nigerians were involved in the delivery of various stages of the project with zero injuries recorded. Furthermore, by deploying environmentally friendly technology and standardized development concepts and leveraging in-country capability, FIRST E&P aims to keep its unit production cost below the Government’s / NNPC’s aspirational levels.”

Local Fabrication of the CSP

In addition to the Anyala Field, OML 83 which continues to sustain over 40,000 barrels of oil per day, the Madu Field, OML 85 is expected to ramp up the NNPC/FIRST E&P JV’s production capacity of over 60,000 barrels of oil per day and further contribute to the generation of stable revenue for Nigeria.

As an organization, FIRST E&P is fully committed to its aspiration to be the leading Nigerian independent integrated execution vehicle, focused on developing and operating a viable portfolio of upstream oil and gas assets. Since its inception in 2012, FIRST E&P has built a robust portfolio of oil and gas assets: with 40% direct interest in OML 83 & 85 shallow water offshore Asset; 6.75% indirect interest in OML 71 &72 shallow water offshore Asset; and 4.5% indirect interest in OML 34 Onshore Asset.

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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.