The Abo field was discovered in 1997 and it was the first deepwater field developed in Nigeria.

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  • Oloibiri

    Oloibiri Oilfield is the first oil field to be discovered in Nigeria on Sunday 15 January 1956 and became the first commercial Oil well in June 1956. 

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  • Escravos Tank Farm

    Escravos Tank Farm

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  • Bonga FPSO

    The Bonga Field is operated by Shell Nigeria. 

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  • Offshore Production Platform

    An Oil Production Platform offshore Nigeria , operated by a Member of OPTS 

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  • Akpo FPSO

    Akpo Deep Offshore Floating Production Storage & Offloading Facility, Operated by Total E & P Nigeria Limited, An OPTS Producer member. 

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Welcome to OPTS

OPTS as an advocacy group, came into existence in August 1962 with just 3 members, and Mr. D. Fleming of then ShellBP as Chairman. Membership has however increased within the last few year from 12 in November 2007 to 22 in 2014. The members are made up of both indigenous and foreign operators in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry. The conditionality for OPTS membership as stipulated in the OPTS governance document have guided the screening and the ultimate selection of eligible applicants. There are two types of membership - Producer and Associate members.  Today, we have twelve producers and eight associate members. Our main objective is to strengthen the long-term health of the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry in Nigeria by working closely with companies across the entire sector, governments and other stakeholders to address the important issues. 

Elisabeth Proust, OPTS Chairperson

Between 2003 and 2011 for instance, OPTS members spent over US$962 million in various CSR projects and granted close to 200,000 scholarships.

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Mrs Proust delivering the SPE Oloibiri lecture

The Chairperson of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), Mrs Elisabeth Proust has made some recommendations on how Nigeria can cushion the effects of declining crude oil prices on the economy.

Speaking at the 2015 Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Mrs Proust said the Oil and Gas Industry needed to “challenge and optimize its own costs”, while Nigeria needs to urgently unlock the potentials of its Oil and Gas industry to manage the effects of the price drop on the economy and the domestic oil industry.

In a speech titled, “Global Oil Price Dynamics: Impact & Strategic Solution for Nigeria”, Mrs. Proust noted that at an estimated oil price average of “$53 per barrel in 2015, compared to $77.5 in 2014, FGN oil & gas revenue will decline by $10 billion this year or a gut-wrenching – 30%.”

“Total allocation to state governments”, she added, “was N620 billion in the last quarter of 2014, as the oil price was sliding – 15% lower than in the same quarter of 2013. This is resulting in the slowing or cancelling of many infrastructure projects Nigeria desperately needs.”

Noting that the current price drop was the fourth sharp price decline in the global oil industry in the last 40 years, she said that for any solution to the price drop to be effective, “it must be all-embracing and receive the support and buy-in of all stakeholders. The oil industry is a long-term business, with cyclical price fluctuations being one of the dynamics at play. Consequently, solutions must strategically balance short and long term effects”.

“With about 37 billion barrels of oil reserves, the 11th largest in the world and 179 trillion cubic feet of discovered natural gas, the 9th largest in the world”, she said “ Nigeria clearly has the natural resources for its oil and gas industry to be competitive, in any price environment”.

To realise the huge potentials of this industry, Mrs Proust suggested the creation of an enabling business environment through macro-economic and policy stability, improved security of workforce and property, as well as efficient and effective regulations.

She said that currently about 250 thousand barrels approximately, 10% of Nigeria’s crude oil production is lost to theft and deferred production adding that “simple procurement contracting approvals can take up to 36 months, while in many other countries similar processes take an average of six months”.

She also called for adequate joint venture funding as the industry’s occasional recourse to alternative funding mechanisms was not only short-term and costly to Nigeria and the Joint venture operators, but also not a sustainable solution. She said adequate funding will help the industry achieve its full potentials.

Mrs Proust also stressed the need to ensure that the Nigerian oil and gas industry has a globally competitive fiscal framework. “It is important”, she said, “specifically for gas which can be a catalyst for national economic development, to ensure that domestic gas prices reflect development and production costs”.

In addition, she said Nigeria’s gas reserves were more than sufficient to meet its power capacity target of 40, 000 MW by 2020 and urged Nigeria to incentivize its gas developments to meet its power needs and transform the country into “a leading global exporter of products using gas as feedstock such as ammonia and methanol”.

She said the 22 members of the OPTS operate over 96% of the total oil and gas production in Nigeria, adding that its mission as a body was “to assist investors and the government to fully harness the hydrocarbon resources of Nigeria for the benefit of all stakeholders”.

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One of the beneficiaries of the OGIF Empowerment programme, John Chidi at his welding workshop

Since its founding in 2010, the Post-amnesty Oil and Gas Industry Foundation (OGIF) limited by guarantee, has been a notable force for good in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region, transforming the lives of over 1,300 youths through its various programmes.

A glowing example of OGIF’s transformational impact is Francis Miller, based in Okrika, near Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State. He spends his days like any other start-up entrepreneur with ambitious goals- attending to customers, looking out for new prospects and exudes this unmistakable air of a businessman destined for great things.

Considering the bustling nature of his welding workshop in Okrika, Rivers State, it is hard to believe that this business is just about a year old, having commenced operations in April 2014.

“I am one of the best welders in my community”, he proudly says, “I have been able to raise a building of my own through the proceeds of this business, thanks to OGIF”.

Francis is one of over 1,300 beneficiaries of the $30.3 Million OGIF, a far-reaching social investment vehicle set-up by some leading oil industry operators, including 8 OPTS member-firms, in 2010.

The OGIF was a child of circumstance. When the Federal Government of Nigeria successfully brokered the Amnesty Programme in the country’s hitherto restive Niger-Delta region, one of the key challenges faced was how to productively engage thousand s of youths, many of who had given up militancy, and help them contribute meaningfully to the society. A group of operators in the Oil and Gas Industry established the Post Amnesty Oil and Gas Industry Foundation Limited by Guarantee (OGIF), to help address this critical need and contribute to the success of the post-amnesty programme.

According to the chairman of the OGIF Board, Mr. Olasupo Shadiya, “OGIF provides support for the Presidential programme through re-orientation, capacity development, leadership, management and entrepreneurial skills development training for the beneficiaries of our programmes.”

The twelve companies that contributed to the $30.3 Million fund for OGIF included 8 OPTS member-firms: Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Addax Petroleum, Oando Group, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and Pan-Ocean. The other four contributing firms were the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited (NDPRL), Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) and Schlumberger.  

To enhance the impact and speed of the attainment of its objectives, the OGIF adopted a three-phased approach to its programmes: The Community Outreach Programme; The Skill Acquisition Programme and the Empowerment Scheme. The sum of $3 million was allocated to the Community Outreach Programme at inception, with the balance of $27.5 Million earmarked for the Skill Acquisition Training (SAT) and Empowerment Programmes.

The Community Outreach Programme (COP)

The COP was designed to help create and strengthen the desired attitudinal change among the benefitting youths through a four point programme that involved:

  • Fostering awareness on non-violent means of achieving social justice
  • Educating participants on how to break the cycle of escalatory and retaliatory violence
  • Promoting social transformation that builds positive relationships and societal regeneration
  • Directing the focus of activists towards contributing to community and societal development through peaceful means.

A total of 1,200 youths benefitted from the COP.

Skill Acquisition Training (SAT)

The next phase involved the training and development of the youths in various areas and skills identified as capable of providing them with meaningful livelihood on successful completion. Under the SAT, the training programmes were conducted by competent trainers supervised by selected Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) The idea behind the training was to ensure the beneficiaries were equipped with skills in  various disciplines which included Crane Operations, Electrical Installation, Maritime Operations, Music/Video/Photo Production, Furniture-making, ICT, Pipe Welding & Fabrication, Auto mechanic, Poultry and Fish Farming, Land Transport, Table Water Production, Catering, Fashion Designing and Hairdressing.

In all, 1, 304 youths enrolled for the SAT have concluded the training in their preferred skill areas. 

“The Skills Acquisition programme,” Mr. Shadiya adds, “is of immense contribution to the peace and security of the Niger Delta region, indeed, the development of Nigeria at large but more importantly to the self-worth and sustenance of the ex-combatants”.

The OGIF Empowerment Scheme

Realizing that the most critical aspect of the entire efforts was the need to engage beneficiaries of the SAT programmes in life sustaining ventures, the OGIF introduced the Empowerment Scheme with a pilot programme in June, 2013. The empowerment scheme was meant for graduates of the SAT programme who had demonstrated the drive and potential to run a business and began with 71 beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were set up in such skill areas as water transport, Land Transport, Fish and Poultry faming, ICT, Auto Mechanic Catering, Fashion Designing and Hairdressing.  Average set-up cost per beneficiary was N1.2 Million but for the more capital-intensive businesses like land and water transport, the beneficiaries were grouped in numbers between two to five for their respective ventures.

To ensure these businesses are professionally set-up and managed, OGIF engaged Non-profit agencies to provide the beneficiaries with requisite training in technical operations, business management and such soft skills as Team Building, Customer service and relationship management.

The NGOs also liaised with the beneficiaries to identify and locate suitable business locations, outline a business management system and also help the beneficiaries procure and install the approved business equipment in their selected business locations. They also helped the beneficiaries commence operations, mentor, and monitor and evaluate their performance for six months before exiting for the beneficiaries to take full control of the business.

Encouraged by the enthusiastic response of the beneficiaries under the Pilot Empowerment Scheme, OGIF has done two more phases of its empowerment programmes during which 150 and 360 businesses were established respectively. So far, a total of 1,281 graduates of OGIF programmes have been set up in various businesses to make a positive impacts in their communities and are proud business owners.

There have been business linkage opportunities as beneficiaries who have performing businesses have been linked up with enterprise development fund providers for business growth.

The result of the Empowerment Scheme has been success stories such as Francis Miller’s and many other beneficiaries in various areas of endeavor. Another great example is Caroline Elabofa who trained as a Caterer under SAT and now runs Elabofa Eatery, a thriving restaurant in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. A proud employer of two, she says” OGIF has given me a standard catering shop, a fulfillment of my heart’s desire. I make affordable catering service available to people in my community. I do at least 1 outdoor catering service every month”.

For Jordan Coco, another beneficiary who runs a Supermarket in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, his gratitude to OGIF runs deeper and has a human interest tinge that is very touching. “My siblings and I owe our existence to OGIF because we are orphans,” he says “Through the scheme, I am able to provide for myself and my siblings living with me”.

Equally touching is the attitudinal change the OGIF appears to have achieved in some of the beneficiaries. “I am a changed person”, says Gabriel Tari who now runs a frozen food business in Bundu, Port Harcourt through the empowerment scheme, “ I am now a responsible family man. My neighbours are surprised at my sudden transformation. Now my son attends a good school”.

The OGIF has also received a lot of praise from the beneficiaries for the transparent approach that has been adopted in its programmes. “I like OGIF for its transparency and openness”, Sam Owubokiri, who runs the OGIF-empowered Blessed Sam Choice Supermarket in Okrika, Rivers State, “ I think government and other multi-national organizations should borrow from the OGIF if they want to make a positive impact in the region from which they make their wealth”.

So ecstatic is John Chidi Michael, who was empowered by OGIF to set up a welding business in Port Harcourt, that he calls himself, an “OGIF boy, because OGIF made me what I am today”. He explains, “I was trained and empowered by OGIF, what else should I say than to express my appreciation to them and their workers”.

For Sampson Godfrey and Emmanuel Egbonkumor who jointly set-up a Poultry with OGIF assistance, the organization is God-sent. “God has used OGIF to bless our lives. God will bless OGIF. I am always here, this is my future. My wife supplies eggs to Supermarkets. We raised and sold 250 broilers for Christmas.” The brisk yuletide business yielded a whopping sum of N350, 000. 00 for the budding entrepreneurs.

As the OGIF continues with its programmes to impact positively on lives in the Niger-Delta region, the abundant supply of optimism among the beneficiaries of its programmes suggests that it has been well-received and is meeting its founding objectives. “OGIF has made me realise my dreams of becoming a contractor to Oil and Gas companies operating in my community”, said Francis Belema, who runs a welding business, “I am also training other community members to become employable for the companies and I thank OGIF for making this possible”.

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